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Shanghai high lifts Simon Dyson bid
10:45am Friday 25th October 2013 in Sport
A SHARE of fourth place was the welcome reward for York golf ace Simon Dyson as he bids to finish the season with a flourish.
Dyson was two-under after the first round of the BMW Masters in China after a two-under round of par 70.
While he trailed first day leader Luke Guthrie, of America, by five, he was among a pack of players tightly grouped between four and two under.
And the man, who needs two strong finishes in the BMW Masters and the Turkish Open in just under a fortnight to crash back into the top 60 qualifiers for the European Tour climax in Dubai later next month, will have been delighted at a run of no fewer than six birdies.
The only blip was that in a roller-coaster 18 holes at the Malaren Lake course in Shanghai the 35-year-old Dyson also carded four bogeys.
Among the first three players out in the first round, Dyson, pictured above, dropped a shot on the first hole with more bogeys to follow on the fourth, eighth and 17th holes.
But he remained in contention thanks to three birdies apiece in the outward and inward nines – at the second, third and seventh and then at the 11th, 13th and 16th holes.
Leader Guthrie, meanwhile, made light of a 7,000-mile journey to set a daunting clubhouse target.
The 23-year-old, who only turned professional last year, carded birdies at the second, third and seventh to reach the turn in 33, before also picking up shots on the 13th and 14th and chipping in for an eagle on the par-five 15th.
After saving par on the final three holes, Guthrie signed for a flawless seven-under-par 65 to lead by three shots from former Open champion John Daly, who also tamed the windy conditions to card a 68 that did not feature a single bogey.
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