British Masters 2017

Round 4 - Paul Dunne holds off Rory McIlroy charge

October 2, 2017

Paul Dunne held off a thrilling challenge from Rory McIlroy in the final round of the British Masters on Sunday to claim his first European Tour title.

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Dunne, who sprang to prominence after sharing the 54-hole lead in the 2015 British Open while still an amateur, shot seven birdies and an eagle in a closing 61 to finish 20 under par.

The 24-year-old Irishman sealed victory in style by chipping in on the 18th to finish three shots clear of McIlroy and secure a place in the world's top 100 for the first time.

McIlroy's 63 was the lowest score of an injury-plagued season which he will bring to an early, self-imposed end next week.

European Ryder Cup vice-captain Robert Karlsson, who began the day with a one-shot lead, finished third on 16 under, with Graeme Storm, David Lingmerth and Florian Fritsch all on 14 under.

Round 3 - Rory McIlroy moves in to contention

September 30, 2017

Rory McIlroy moved into contention at the British Masters by shooting a 6-under 64 in the third round, leaving the No. 6-ranked golfer two strokes off the lead held by Sweden's Robert Karlsson on Saturday.

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Karlsson shot 67 and was one stroke clear of five players, including overnight leader Tyrrell Hatton, who bogeyed the last for a 71.

Hatton was one of only three players in the top 24 to fail to break par on a day of low scoring at Close House in northern England.

McIlroy made the weekend only after a back-nine rally in the second round, and now has a good chance of winning for the first time in 2017, in what is his next-to-last event of the season.

''You get yourself into contention and you start to think about things and it would be nice to get a win,'' said McIlroy, who chipped in for a birdie on the fifth hole and carded three more birdies in a front nine of 31.

''The last couple of tournaments, I've been off pretty early on the weekends and had 50 people following me, where there's thousands out there. So it's nice to get into that sort of environment again. I haven't shot a low score like that in a while.''

McIlroy is looking to avoid just the second winless season of his career.

Karlsson held the 54-hole lead for the first time on the European Tour since 2008.

Round 2 - Tyrrell Hatton opens three shot lead

September 30, 2017

Tyrrell Hatton shot a 5-under 65 in miserable conditions in his second round to lead by three strokes at the British Masters, where the leaderboard was dominated by English players on Friday.

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Lee Westwood, who is hosting the tournament, and Ian Poulter also shot 65 and were two of four Englishmen in a five-way tie for second behind their compatriot.

Hatton was on 12 under overall, having followed up an opening-round 63 by making six birdies in rainy and cold conditions at Close House in northern England.

''It's good to be back in form with a big run of events coming up with huge world ranking points,'' said the 29th-ranked Hatton, who was tied for third at the European Masters in early September. ''I'd like to play as well as I can and climb up the world rankings and secure (a place) in all four majors again next year.''

Westwood added a 65 to his opening 66 and has yet to drop a shot this week, despite coping with the demands of hosting the event - such as hiring an extra field for additional parking as more than 18,000 spectators attended on Thursday.

''It was a bit of a relief to actually be a golfer again,'' Westwood said.

There were seven English players in the top nine heading into the third round. That round will include Rory McIlroy after the world No. 6 responded to two bogeys in his first five holes that left him hovering around the projected cut.

McIlroy did not drop a shot after that, making birdie on Nos. 6, 11 and 17 for a 69, leaving him on 4 under overall.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia missed the cut, which was at 2 under, after rounds of 70 and 69.

Round 1 - George Coetzee and Tyrrell Hatton lead with 63s

September 29, 2017

George Coetzee and Tyrrell Hatton shot 7-under 63s to lead the British Masters on Thursday, while Rory McIlroy needed the help of a spectator to stay on track in his first round.

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Coetzee followed up top-10 finishes at his last two events by rolling in six birdies and making an eagle at the par-5 sixth hole to set a clubhouse target at Close House Golf Club in northern England.

Hatton joined Coetzee atop the leaderboard by making birdies on five of the last seven holes, including one from 15 feet at the par-3 18th.

Finnish golfers Mikko Ilonen and Mikko Korhonen were in a five-way share of third place on 6 under, along with Alvaro Quiros, Chris Hanson and Rikard Karlberg.

McIlroy, who was a late entry after failing to qualify for the Tour Championship on the U.S. PGA Tour, shot 67 but only after a spectator found his ball inside the five-minute time limit following a wild drive on No. 17, his eighth hole.

The No. 6-ranked McIlroy produced a superb recovery from thick rough to the elevated green and went on to save par, before making three birdies on the front nine.

''I feel like I'm not under any pressure to perform at all, I'm not putting myself under any pressure,'' said McIlroy, whose last tournament will be next week at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. ''That's probably the reason I went out there and shot a decent score.''

Masters champion Sergio Garcia bogeyed the 18th for a level-par round of 70.

Scores

1 IRL Paul Dunne -20 - 66 68 65 61 260
2 NIR Rory McIlroy -17 - 67 69 64 63 263
3 SWE Robert Karlsson -16 - 66 65 67 66 264
T4 SWE David Lingmerth -14 - 68 70 62 66 266
T4 GER Florian Fritsch -14 - 66 68 69 63 266
T4 ENG Graeme Storm -14 - 65 67 67 67 266
7 IRL Shane Lowry -13 - 68 66 66 67 267
T8 DNK Lucas Bjerregaard -12 - 67 67 67 67 268
T8 SCO Richie Ramsay -12 - 67 67 65 69 268
T8 ENG Tyrrell Hatton -12 - 63 65 71 69 268
T11 ENG Chris Hanson -11 - 64 67 69 69 269
T11 ENG Ian Poulter -11 - 66 65 68 70 269
T11 ESP Nacho Elvira -11 - 70 67 66 66 269
T11 ENG Matthew Fitzpatrick -11 - 66 69 66 68 269
T15 CHI Felipe Aguilar -10 - 67 71 65 67 270
T15 RSA George Coetzee -10 - 63 72 65 70 270
T15 ENG Lee Westwood -10 - 66 65 70 69 270
T15 SCO Marc Warren -10 - 70 67 65 68 270
T15 SCO Stephen Gallacher -10 - 69 69 66 66 270
T20 POR Jose-Filipe Lima -9 - 71 67 65 68 271
T20 THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat -9 - 66 70 66 69 271
T20 GER Martin Kaymer -9 - 66 71 66 68 271
T20 FRA Michael Lorenzo-Vera -9 - 69 68 68 66 271
T20 FIN Mikko Ilonen -9 - 64 68 72 67 271
T20 FIN Mikko Korhonen -9 - 64 73 67 67 271
T26 ENG Chris Wood -8 - 67 68 66 71 272
T26 ENG Daniel Brooks -8 - 66 70 68 68 272
T26 RSA Darren Fichardt -8 - 67 68 73 64 272
T26 FRA Gregory Havret -8 - 67 67 71 67 272
T26 ESP Pablo Larrazabal -8 - 68 68 67 69 272
T31 ESP Adrian Otaegui -7 - 70 68 69 66 273
T31 RSA Brandon Stone -7 - 69 67 71 66 273
T31 ENG David Horsey -7 - 69 69 69 66 273
T31 ENG Lee Slattery -7 - 65 67 72 69 273
T31 RSA Richard Sterne -7 - 69 65 74 65 273
T31 SCO Scott Jamieson -7 - 68 68 69 68 273
T37 AUS Andrew Dodt -6 - 66 69 69 70 274
T37 ENG Anthony Wall -6 - 69 68 68 69 274
T37 FRA Benjamin Hebert -6 - 70 68 68 68 274
T37 FRA Gregory Bourdy -6 - 68 67 71 68 274
T37 WAL Jamie Donaldson -6 - 70 68 69 67 274
T37 ESP Jorge Campillo -6 - 70 67 71 66 274
T37 ENG Robert Rock -6 - 68 68 70 68 274
T44 FRA Alexander Levy -5 - 69 68 70 68 275
T44 DEN Anders Hansen -5 - 69 68 67 71 275
T44 ENG Andy Sullivan -5 - 68 69 71 67 275
T44 SCO David Drysdale -5 - 71 67 70 67 275
T44 ESP Eduardo De La Riva -5 - 70 68 71 66 275
T44 NIR Graeme McDowell -5 - 66 68 72 69 275
T44 KOR Jeung-Hun Wang -5 - 68 69 69 69 275
T44 AUS Wade Ormsby -5 - 67 70 68 70 275
T52 ENG Aaron Rai -4 - 70 67 71 68 276
T52 ENG Ashley Chesters -4 - 65 66 72 73 276
T52 ENG Laurie Canter -4 - 69 68 71 68 276
T52 ENG Paul Waring -4 - 68 68 73 67 276
T52 ENG Tom Lewis -4 - 70 67 69 70 276
T57 ENG Danny Willett -3 - 69 67 72 69 277
T57 SCO Duncan Stewart -3 - 71 67 67 72 277
T57 ESP Pep Angles -3 - 68 70 69 70 277
T60 ESP Alejandro Canizares -2 - 70 68 71 69 278
T60 ENG Oliver Fisher -2 - 70 68 68 72 278
T62 CHN Haotong Li -1 - 67 69 68 75 279
T62 FRA Joel Stalter -1 - 65 69 74 71 279
T62 ENG Mark Foster -1 - 68 69 69 73 279
T62 FRA Sebastien Gros -1 - 70 67 71 71 279
66 IND Shiv Chawrasia 1 - 72 65 72 72 281
67 SWE Johan Carlsson 2 - 65 73 67 77 282
CUT AUT Bernd Wiesberger -1 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT WAL Bradley Dredge -1 - 69 70 - - 139
CUT AUS Brett Rumford -1 - 69 70 - - 139
CUT RSA Dylan Frittelli -1 - 69 70 - - 139
CUT FRA Gary Stal -1 - 67 72 - - 139
CUT FRA Julien Quesne -1 - 71 68 - - 139
CUT RSA Justin Walters -1 - 67 72 - - 139
CUT GER Marcel Siem -1 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT ENG Nathan Kimsey -1 - 71 68 - - 139
CUT SWE Niclas Fasth -1 - 67 72 - - 139
CUT ITA Nino Bertasio -1 - 69 70 - - 139
CUT FRA Romain Langasque -1 - 71 68 - - 139
CUT ESP Sergio Garcia -1 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT THA Thongchai Jaidee -1 - 69 70 - - 139
CUT ESP Alvaro Quiros Par - 64 76 - - 140
CUT ENG Chris Paisley Par - 73 67 - - 140
CUT ITA Edoardo Molinari Par - 70 70 - - 140
CUT SWE Joakim Lagergren Par - 68 72 - - 140
CUT SWE Johan Edfors Par - 70 70 - - 140
CUT SWE Magnus A. Carlsson Par - 68 72 - - 140
CUT BEL Nicolas Colsaerts Par - 72 68 - - 140
CUT SWE Rikard Karlberg Par - 64 76 - - 140
CUT KOR Soo-Min Lee Par - 70 70 - - 140
CUT CHI Ashun Wu 1 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT USA Daniel Im 1 - 72 69 - - 141
CUT ESP Jose Maria Olazabal 1 - 70 71 - - 141
CUT ENG Marcus Armitage 1 - 76 65 - - 141
CUT ENG Matthew Cort 1 - 72 69 - - 141
CUT ENG Ross Fisher 1 - 67 74 - - 141
CUT GER Sebastian Heisele 1 - 69 72 - - 141
CUT ENG Simon Dyson 1 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT AUS Jason Scrivener 2 - 67 75 - - 142
CUT SWE Jens Fahrbring 2 - 71 71 - - 142
CUT ENG Jordan Smith 2 - 71 71 - - 142
CUT POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia 2 - 67 75 - - 142
CUT SCO Russell Knox 2 - 74 68 - - 142
CUT ENG Sam Walker 2 - 71 71 - - 142
CUT WAL Stuart Manley 2 - 70 72 - - 142
CUT RSA Thomas Aiken 2 - 72 70 - - 142
CUT SWE Alexander Noren 3 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT FRA Damien Perrier 3 - 72 71 - - 143
CUT RSA Dean Burmester 3 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT ENG Eddie Pepperell 3 - 69 74 - - 143
CUT SWE Peter Hanson 3 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT AUS Sam Brazel 3 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT GER Alexander Knappe 4 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT GER Bernd Ritthammer 4 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT RSA Haydn Porteous 4 - 70 74 - - 144
CUT ENG James Morrison 4 - 70 74 - - 144
CUT ENG Jon Lupton 4 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT DNK Lasse Jensen 4 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT ITA Matteo Manassero 4 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT ESP Miguel Angel Jimenez 4 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT USA Paul Peterson 4 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT ENG Richard Bland 4 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT ENG Robin Williams 4 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT SWE Sebastian Soederberg 4 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT AUS Scott Hend 5 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT ITA Renato Paratore 6 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT ENG Robert Coles 6 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT AUS Marcus Fraser 8 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT AUS Nathan Holman 8 - 73 75 - - 148
CUT FRA Raphael Jacquelin 8 - 72 76 - - 148
RET ENG Matt Wallace Par - 69 3 - - 72
RET FRA Victor Dubuisson Par - 72 1 - - 73