Dyson delighted to clean up in Ireland
Monday 01 August 2011
England's Simon Dyson completed a month to remember by winning the Irish Open in Killarney yesterday. The 33-year-old from York took the first prize of over £221,000, a fortnight after finishing ninth in The Open – an event he went into as fifth reserve less than a week before it started.
"It's a shame you can't bottle how you feel sometimes," said Dyson after his fifth European Tour victory was achieved when Australian Richard Green three-putted the last to lose by one.
"It's amazing – it really is. The golf I've played this week is probably the best I've ever played."
Two birdies in the final three holes for a closing 67 and 15-under-par total gives Dyson a place in this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron and possibly a spot back in the world's top 50. "That was the main aim after The Open," he added. "I knew after that I could cut it with the guys in the majors and I was thinking if I keep swinging it as I am I'm going to give myself chances."
Green led for most of the last day and was one ahead when he matched Dyson's two-putt birdie on the long 16th. Dyson pitched to three feet at the next to draw level then, having missed from nine feet on the last, saw Green send a near 60-footer 10 feet past and miss the return.
At the start it had all been about Ireland's four major winners Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington, but not one of them finished in the top 20. McDowell came 25th and McIlroy 34th, while Harrington and Clarke both missed the cut.
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