Dyson takes advantage of Buckle error to earn first Tour title
Monday 06 March 2006
Simon Dyson made the most of a calamitous error from his main rival Andrew Buckle to claim his first European Tour title at the Indonesia Open in Jakarta.
A poor drive on the sixth led to a sequence of events that had the Australian shoot into the water, twice into the rough and eventually three-putt, turning a one-shot lead into a three-shot deficit.
Dyson had an eagle at the next hole and while his opponent birdied, the steady Yorkshireman was able to keep his composure and his lead for the remainder of his round to claim victory with a score of 20 under par.
Afterwards, Dyson said: "All credit to Andrew - anyone shooting an eight could have gone - but he showed a lot of guts to hang in there and he kept throwing birdies at me."
Elsewhere, in Florida, Phil Mickelson came off second best once more in a duel with Tiger Woods in the third round of the Ford Championship at Doral which also cost him $200 (£115). A fan had his watch broken by Mickelson's wayward shot on the 10th hole and on seeing what he had done he went to his golf bag, pulled out two $100 bills and handed them over.
The two Americans were joint leaders at the halfway stage, but after trailing with six holes to play, Woods, the defending champion, produced a hat-trick of birdies while Mickelson had two bogeys. That meant Woods went into the final day at 17 under par, two ahead of the Swede Daniel Chopra and Rich Beem, while Mickelson dropped to joint sixth.
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