Dyson stays clear in adopted home

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The Yorkshireman Simon Dyson has found a home from home in China and as if to prove his point he continued to set the pace in the BMW Asian Open in Shanghai yesterday.

The Yorkshireman Simon Dyson has found a home from home in China and as if to prove his point he continued to set the pace in the BMW Asian Open in Shanghai yesterday.

The overnight leader followed his course-record 66 with a three-under 69 to hold a two-shot advantage over Miguel Angel Jimenez, of Spain, and Ireland's Paul McGinley. Dyson, 26, has so far enjoyed remarkable success in China, winning the Macau Open, the China Open and the Hong Kong Open en route to claiming the Asian Order of Merit in 2000.

Despite struggling to one over at the turn, four birdies on the back nine took him to three under for the day and back into the lead at nine under.

Dyson attributed his success in Asia to the atmosphere which pervades the further reaches of the European Tour.

"I feel a lot more at home in Asia. I feel it is more relaxed out here than it is back home in Europe," he said. "It's dog eat dog in Europe. I played in Asia in 2000 and got my card in Europe for the 2001 season.

This is where I started and all my friends are out here. I love coming back. I enjoy the courses and everyone makes you feel welcome - some back in Europe don't."

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