A RAFT of poor scoring from rivals enabled York’s Simon Dyson to squeeze into the weekend rounds of the Scottish Open.
Dyson suffered a dismal inward nine at the Royal Aberdeen course in which he lost three shots in just two holes.
That saw the world 127 slide from a potential top-ten position to an agonising wait to beat the then projected cut of two-over-par.
The York ace dropped a shot on the fourth hole as he followed up his level-par 71 of Thursday. But then birdies on holes five, six and nine elevated the Malton & Norton GC star to two-under.
Dyson though then suffered a fateful double whammy on the way back to the pavilion when he bogeyed the 13th hole followed by a six on the par-four 14th to leave him marooned on two-over and facing an anxious wait.
For several hours a place in the last two rounds was in serious jeopardy, but as rivals started to crack under the testing conditions in Aberdeen Dyson inched back into safety.
The clearest evidence of the turnaround was how first round leader Rory McIlroy followed his course record 64 with a seven-over 78.