SIMON DYSON began life back on the European Tour with a three-over-par round of 75 at the BMW SA Open in South Africa.

The York-born ace struggled on his back nine at the Glendower Golf Club in his first competitive action following seven months out with injury and will need a low round today if he is going to make the cut.

Dyson, who had not played since last May following surgery to repair a slipped tendon in his wrist, looked like he had never been away early on as he surged into the top ten of the leaderboard.

Starting from the tenth, he picked up a shot on his second hole - the 433-yard par-four 11th - and he was two-under-par at the turn after adding another birdie at the par-five 15th.

The tide turned on the second hole as the Malton & Norton GC stalwart dropped his first shot of the day and then proceeded to bogey the next three as well.

A further bogey on the par-five eighth saw him finish his closing nine in 41 shots.