Simon Dyson finishes out of Hong Kong Open top ten despite final round flurry

First published in Sport

YORK’S Simon Dyson produced one of his best rounds for months – but just missed out on a top ten finish in the Hong Kong Open.

The world number 65, pushing for a return to the leading 50 players, carded a five-under par 65 on the Fanling course yesterday.

However, due to a two-over par 72 on Saturday, his Sunday heroics left him tied for 15th place rather than clinch a finish in the top ten.

Dyson had six birdies yesterday, on the second and third holes, the ninth, 13th and the 16th and 17th holes.

His only jarring note was a dropped shot on the 11th, which left him on 275 for the four rounds (68 70 72 65) for a cheque of just over 18,500 euros.

The Malton & Norton GC player, who has just the season-ending World Tour event in Dubai in 11 days to try to get back into the top 50, finished ten shots off the eventual winner, Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez.

The Ryder Cup star became the European Tour’s oldest-ever winner – after a week which could have seen him fall outside the world’s top 100 for the first time in almost a decade.

With a cigar in one hand and glass of red wine in the other, the 48-year-old Spaniard toasted a one-stroke victory over Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed.

Jimenez is only five weeks away from his 49th birthday, but he did not have a single bogey in the last three rounds and matched Dyson by closing a superb 65 for his third win at the event – all since he turned 40.

“It’s always an honour to make records and I hope it’s not the last one,” said the Malaga golfer, nine months older than Ireland’s Des Smyth was when he lifted the 2001 Madeira Open.

Added Jimenez: “I really love this place. You have to control the ball very well – it’s not a matter of distance – and I played very solid.”

With 19 Tour victories now there are only ten players who have ever won more on the circuit than Jimenez.

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