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Simon Dyson drives towards fourth Dutch title
SIMON Dyson’s love affair with the Dutch Open and, in particular the Kennemer Golf and Country Club, flared into a magnificent procession of birdies.
The York golf star, who has won the Dutch title no fewer than three times, put himself in a superb position of collecting a European Tour record-equalling fourth when he matched the best score at the club yesterday.
Two of Dyson’s conquests in the Netherlands have been at the Kennemer club – in 2006 and 2009, both in play-offs – before he then captured the same crown at the Hilversum course over the regulation four rounds two years ago.
Again proving how the Kennemer circuit is one of his favourites, Dyson tamed the tight and testing course with a seven-under 63, which equalled the course record, on his fantastic Friday.
Following his 69 on the opening day, that put him eight-under at the half-way stage and in strong contention being just a mere shot off the midpoint leader, Spain’s flamboyant Ryder Cup star, Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Just as valuable as the seven birdies Dyson rattled in were the two pars he posted to finish the second round.
Said the 35-year-old: “They were great up and downs and were very important.
“On the par-three eighth I drove right into a terrible lie, but with a wedge I hit a great bump and run shot. That was a real links shot.
“On the last I executed a great six iron but it was just too far to the left and caught the slope. But I got the chip back to within a couple feet of the hole. It was great to get both those up and down.”
His rescue act over the final two holes ensured Dyson had a blemish-free card to put him in the reckoning for a fourth Dutch crown and a seventh European Tour title over the weekend.
Starting at the tenth he covered the back nine in 31 shots with a second birdie arriving on the par-four 18th.
He kept that good run going with successive birdies on the first and second holes, repeating that feat on the par-four sixth and par-five seventh.
“It was a good day,” said Dyson with a touch of modesty and surprise after hearing his 63 equalled the Kennemer course best.
“I’ve done well in previous years and played well around it (yesterday),” he said.
“I played really solid apart from the last two holes and never looked like making bogey.
“I’ve been striking the ball well for a while, so it was nice to hole some putts.”
With the forecast of stronger winds today and tomorrow, Dyson added: “I don’t mind playing in the wind because I like to keep the ball low and work it around the course. We’ll just have to see what happens.”
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