Winning the British Open is the peak of any golfer’s career. The most historic and arguably the greatest title in golf, the Claret Jug provides the winner with several exceptions that secure his status for the next five years. If that doesn’t sound good enough, how about the $1.8 million check that comes with it?
Paul Dunne, an unknown amateur golfer from Ireland, finds himself tied for the 54-hole lead at The British Open, poised for the biggest paycheque of his life, right? Wrong.
Dunne’s bank account won’t receive a seven-figure deposit regardless of how he plays in the final round. Due to his amateur status, the 22-year-old is ineligible to receive any prize money this week.
No amateur golfer has won a major championship since Johnny Goodman won the U.S. Open in 1933. Bobby Jones remains the last amateur to win the British Open in 1930.
Dunne graduated from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in June, but is hardly considered the “next big thing”. He is listed as the #80 amateur golfer in the world. Like Dunne, nobody saw this performance coming.
At the start of the week, Dunne was a 1-1500 bet to win the British Open. His odds have increased dramatically on Sunday as he tees off in the final group with a chance to claim the Claret Jug.