Graeme McDowell has urged Paul Dunne to make the move to the professional ranks following his impressive arrival on to the scene.
Dunne’s stellar show at St Andrews saw him propelled into the centre stage of the golf World after he took the overnight lead after the third round of The Open.
The 22-year-old is expected to turn pro next year - but he's delayed a move from the amateur ranks until after September's Walker Cup.
The competition pits leading players from Ireland and Great Britain against a team from the United States.
The Greystones amateur has the pedigree to turn pro, and McDowell sees no sense in delaying a move into the elite echelon of golf: “I don’t really know why he needs to wait for the Walker Cup. The Walker Cup is one of the fondest memories of my career but it means nothing as soon as you press the professional button.”
“It’s a tough call. I’d be saying to him to go ahead and take the leap. He’d have an opportunity between now and the end of the season to possibly get his European Tour card, and those extra weeks he’d get by turning pro now could be beneficial to him.”
McDowell believes Dunne has demonstrated his ability to play at the top level and believes he could be competing to win tournaments.
”There is a readiness there now that wasn’t there I was turning pro. These kids are all exposed now, they come out ready to win big tournaments.”
"Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth have raised the bar. You don’t have to be a mature veteran in your 30s to be able to compete in top tournaments. You can do it now. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Paul competing.”
Dunne's performance at the 2015 Open Championship has seen him rocket up the world rankings.
The Greystones amateur is in at 896 - he's jumped 719 places after an impressive performance over 3 rounds.