Ireland's Paul Dunne to make PGA Tour debut

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Paul Dunne will make his PGA Tour debut at the Farmers Insurance Open on Jan. 28.

Dunne, who earned his European Tour card having turned professional last year and is currently competing at the South Africa Open, will tee off at Torrey Pines later this month.

The 23-year-old first came to prominence at The Open last July, where he held a share of the lead after 54 holes at St. Andrews. However, he missed out on becoming the first amateur lift the Claret Jug since 1930 and eventually finished tied for 30th in Scotland.

Born in Dublin, Dunne won the 2010 Irish Youths Amateur title before he went on to play college golf at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the United States -- the same college that Graeme McDowell attended -- where he graduated with a degree in business finance.

He qualified for The Open in 2014 after winning the final qualifier at Woburn, but went on to miss the cut after the opening two rounds at Hoylake.

The following year, Dunne won at Woburn for the second successive year to qualify for St.Andrews, where he went on to set a tournament record for the lowest 54-hole score set by an amateur. His first tournament as a professional was the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Scotland last October, where he finished tied for 19th at 12 under par.