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Carnoustie key to Simon Dyson's dream of Dunhill glory
11:38am Saturday 28th September 2013 in Sport
AFTER a glorious opening round Simon Dyson was tamed by his – hopefully – first flirtation this week at St Andrews.
Dyson had to be content with a level-par 72 at the old course in the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Now he needs to put on a sub-par show at Carnoustie – the third of the three links courses that comprise the unique tournament – in today’s third round to ensure he is among the top 60 to appear in the championship’s final 18 holes back at St Andrews tomorrow.
The York-born ace’s second round was quickly in trouble when he dropped a shot on the par-four second hole, but he was back at six-under for the tournament – after Thursday’s 66 at Kingsbarns – with a birdie on the fifth.
Another birdie followed on the seventh and the world number 153 looked poised to strike for home in what he has already described as his favourite event on the European Tour.Routine pars followed until calamity struck on the par-five 14th.
Dyson was hit by a double bogey seven, though he showed character in getting one of those mislaid shots back instantly at the par-four 15th.
However, that only kept him at level-par for the day and spluttering on the fringes of the top 50 as pace-setters Richard McEvoy, of England, and South Africa’s Hennie Otto, were both in the clubhouse on 13-under totals at the half-way stage.
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