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Golf Australia Express : Issue 5
THEPOT of gold was not at the end of the rainbow. It was at the end of the 72nd hole for England’s Simon Dyson who capped off a memorable month last week by winning the Irish Open at Killarney Golf Club. The win was the 33-year- old’s fifth European Tour title and came just two weeks after finishing ninth at the British Open. It’s a shame you can’t bottle how you feel sometimes,” Dyson said at Killarney, where he pocketed the first prize cheque for €250,000. “ It’s amazing—it really is. The golf I’ve played this week is probably the best I’ve ever played.” Dyson closed with a final round 67 thanks to two birdies in the final three holes to finish the event at 15-under, securing himself a place at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC this week. The win helped him sneak back into the World Top 50, currently ranked at No.48. “ That was the main aim after The Open,” he added. “I knew after that I could cut it with the guys in the majors and I was thinking if I keep swinging it as I am I’m going to give myself chances.” It was a bittersweet one- shot victory for Dyson, who said he felt for Australian Richard Green who three-putted at the last to hand victory to the Englishman. Green led for most of the final round and remained one shot ahead when he matched Dyson’s two-putt birdie on the long 16th. But Dyson drew level on the next, before calling on his tight short game to secure a par at the last. Green sent his near 60-foot putt 10 feet past the hole and missed the returning chance to force a playoff. “ You always feel sorry for somebody when that happens,” Dyson said. “I would have much preferred to win it with a birdie, but I will take whatever I can get.” Scot Stephen Gallacher was third at 12-under and little known Austrian Bernd Wiesberger finished in outright fourth. It was a disappointing event for the four Irish major winners on their home soil: Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington. Not one of them finished in the top 20 with McDowell the best of them at five-under. OTG “WOULD HAVE MUCH PREFERRED TO WIN IT WITH A BIRDIE, BUT I WILL TAKE WHATEVER I CAN GET.” — Simon Dyson,2011 Irish Open champion WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR WRAP THE FINAL STANDINGS 1 SIMON DYSON ENG -15€ 250,000 2 RICHARD GREEN AUS -14€ 166,660 3 STEPHEN GALLACHER SCO -12€ 93,900 4 BERND WIESBERGER AUT -11€ 75,000 T5 IGNACIO GARRIDO ESP -10€ 53,700 T5 SOREN HANSEN DEN -10€ 53,700 T5 ALEXANDRE KALEKA FRA -10€ 53,700 T8 LORENZO GAGLI ITA -9€ 33,700 T8 DAVID HOWELL ENG -9€ 33,700 T8 PETER LAWRIE IRL -9€ 33,700 KING OF KILLARNEY