Paul Dunne’s victory at the British Masters yesterday has been hailed as the coming of age of the 24 year old in the world of elite professional golf.
It was also a big win for three key sponsors in the Dublin financial world with Davy, KPMG and Bank of Ireland basking in the glow of deals signed with the star just after he turned professional.
KPMG signed him up as only their third professional golfer at the start of last year and if the cap he wears looks familiar it’s because it is the same style and with the same KPMG branding as is worn by Phil Mickelson.
Davy were next to join the party and have their red square logo on his left arm.
Bank of Ireland came on board in April of 2016 and adorn his right breast. Dunne is am abassador for the Bank and makes a number of corporate appearances for them throughout the season.
Each of the deals was for an initial two years so the timing of yesterday’s win and the worldwide acclaim it has received was timed to perfection.
Dunne is now guaranteed his tour card for another two years, has won a place at the prestigious HSBC Champions Cup at the end of the year and has fully stepped up into the next level of professionals alongside Rory McIlroy who finished second yesterday and Shane Lowery who came seventh in a remarkable feat for Irish golf.
A similar near sweep at the top of the leaderboard happened in 2001 when Padraig Harrington won the Volvo Masters with Paul McGinley in second and Darren Clarke in fourth place.
The Confederation of Irish Golf and Bank of Ireland are among the more than 220 organisations that play an active part of the Sport for Business community.