Dunhill Links ChampionshipOctober 1, 2015

Paul Dunne is back at St. Andrews as a co-leader and made a hole-in-one in his professional debut

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  L-R: Walker Cup winners : Cormac Sharvin, Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley on the second tee during the first practise round of the 2015 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course on September 29, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Getty ImagesST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: L-R: Walker Cup winners : Cormac Sharvin, Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley on the second tee during the first practise round of the 2015 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course on September 29, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Remember Paul Dunne, who electrified the golf world at this year's Open? You knew he became a major storyline when Dunne had ESPN's Tom Rinaldi cracking up awkwardly at the then-amateur's dry jokes. It was pretty cool to see a 22-year-old amateur holding the 54-hole lead at St. Andrews.

Now a pro, Dunne made his debut at this week's Dunhill Links Championship. How'd he make his first round memorable? He had the 10th hole-in-one in tournament history -- in just his sixth hole played as a professional (he teed off at the 10th).

The hole-in-one came at the 15th hole at Kingsbarns, down the road from the Old Course. Dunne's dunked 5-iron from 205 yards is also the first ace at the hole by a pro.

Apparently Dunne has a flair for the dramatic, as he showed at the Old Course through 54 holes. Also noteworthy: Dunne has shed his head-to-toe Under Armour apparel that drew comparisons to Jordan Spieth in July.

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Amateur Paul Dunne of Ireland tees off on the 18th hole during the third round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 19, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

The Northern Irishman and former UAB golfer , still just 22, is tied for the lead in his first round as a pro -- firing a first-round 64 at Kingsbarns. Sunday's final round will be at the Old Course, so if Dunne can keep this up, he'll surely have some fond memories as he walks St. Andrews again with a late tee time.


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