Dyson cleans up in play-off as Green left feeling blue

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England's Simon Dyson yesterday claimed his second European Tour title of the season in the KLM Open here.

Dyson beat Australian Richard Green at the first hole of a play-off after the pair had finished tied on 14 under par at Kennemer. The 28-year-old from York rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt to claim the £180,000 first prize after Green failed to hole his birdie attempt from long range.

Dyson, who birdied three of the last four holes in a flawless final round of 66, won the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2000 but it took until the Indonesia Open in Jakarta in March for him to win on the European Tour.

"I've dedicated myself a lot better this year," he said. "I've been working out in the gym and also working a lot with [the psychologist] Jamil Qureshi. I used to get annoyed a lot and it would cost me shots but now you almost wouldn't know if I'd made bogey or missed a short birdie putt."

Ireland's Damien McGrane, who took a three-shot lead into the final round, carded a closing 70 to miss out on the play-off by a shot in third place. Colin Montgomerie finished in equal 14th after a closing 69.

* Annika Sorenstam birdied the last hole for an eight-under 65 yesterday to edge Lorena Ochoa by one shot and win the Scandinavian TPC at the Bro-Balsta course, where she began playing golf as a 12-year-old.