Simon Dyson’s Dunhill challenge rests with possible wrist jab
SIMON DYSON could require a cortisone injection if a troublesome wrist injury has not healed ahead of his bid to reclaim his Alfred Dunhill Links Championship crown.
The 34-year-old European Tour golf ace, on duty last week as a radio commentator during BBC Five Live’s coverage of Europe’s stunning Ryder Cup victory at Medinah, in Chicago, returns to action looking to recreate the biggest triumph of his career.
But a niggling wrist complaint, the latest problem in an injury plagued season which has already seen him miss several weeks of the campaign because of a pelvic injury, threatens to derail his efforts in the competition.
Ordered by doctors to rest for the last three weeks, Dyson will take a painkilling shot if the problem hasn’t rectified itself as he goes through his practice rounds ahead of tomorrow’s start of the $5,000,000 event.
He is still reported to be in positive spirits, however, as he attempts to recreate his biggest day in professional golf.
The Malton & Norton star won the tournament in 2009, which sees professionals team up with amateurs and celebrities for a team event as well as fighting it out for an individual trophy over rounds at the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship course at Carnoustie and the Kingsbarns Golf Links before returning to the home of golf on the final day.
Dyson, pictured, tore apart the Old Course three years ago, firing six birdies on the outward nine in a final round 66 which were added to earlier scores of 68, 66 and 68.
He finished on 20-under-par, three shots ahead of Oliver Wilson and Rory McIlroy.
Dyson appears to have a particular affinity for the famous St Andrews surroundings – he holds the championship record after blasting a nine-under-par 63 there last year in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and shares the course record with McIlroy and Luke Donald.
The six-time European Tour winner will be joined in the event by Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer, who sunk the crucial five foot putt which saw the European team rally from a 10-6 deficit to retain the trophy in an astonishing 14½-13½ victory on American soil.
Captain Jose Maria Olazabal’s four vice-captains – Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn – are all also competing as is American Dustin Johnson, who won all three of his matches despite the final day collapse of his US team-mates.
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