Lee Westwood and Paul Dunne both strike the pin with consecutive shots
By Keith Jackson
Last Updated: 06/07/17 9:20pm
Lee Westwood and Paul Dunne both bruised the flagstick on the eighth hole with arrow-straight approaches on day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Both had around 140 yards to the pin on the tricky par-four at Portstewart, with Westwood in the middle of the fairway while Dunne's drive leaked into the first cut of rough on the right.
Westwood went first and struck a pure short-iron which appeared to actually pitch in the hole, only to bounce back out and roll about 10 feet away to leave a good chance for birdie.
And, just moments later, Dunne clipped a delightful second towards the target which bounced just short of the pin and also hit the flagstick, although the Irishman's ball came to rest within a couple of feet of the hole.
After the third member of the group, Tyrrell Hatton, his a "terrible" approach to eight feet, Westwood calmly rolled in his birdie putt and Dunne tapped in for his three as both players celebrated back-to-back birdies, and Dunne went on to add a third in a row at the ninth.
Dunne gave his home fans plenty to cheer as he posted a flawless five-under 67, but Westwood triple-bogeyed the 14th and doubled the 16th as he struggled home in 40 to finish on four over par.
Watch the video above to see Westwood and Dunne rattle the pin with back-to-back approaches at the Irish Open...