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Golf Australia Express : Issue 11
ITWAS a case of triple Dutch wins for England’s Simon Dyson. The 33-year-old collected his third KLM Open and a cheque for €300,000 in Amsterdam on Sunday. A birdie at Hilversumsche’s 72nd game carded him a final round 4-under 66 and 12-under tournament total. It was enough to win his second European title of the year, this time by one shot over Englishman David Lynn and two shots clear of Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy. Dyson birdied four of his last seven holes including a hat trick of gains between the 12th and 14th. The man himself knew he’d played some special golf, with the turning point coming at the 13th hole. “I hit a good 6-iron, just pitched on the right-hand side of the green and got a really good bounce and [it] just trickled down to about a foot,” Dyson said. “ That was a big turning point, because after that I played some lovely golf. I hit a good shot into four HOT IRON DYSON feet on 14. A good shot into 15, and made a good two- putt on 16.” A “beautiful 4-iron” at the last secured his win. Scot Gary Orr’s hopes of ending an 11-year wait for a third Tour win were snuffed out by Dyson’s hot iron play. Orr, the overnight co- leader, could only manage a final round 71 and finished three back in fourth place. World No. 2 Lee Westwood closed the event with a superb 66 and the Englishman finished fifth at 8-under. Dyson’s victory reignited his affection with the Netherlands, as he became just the third player to win three KLM Opens joining the elite company of Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer. “It’s something special, a dream come true really. To win any title once is tough, but to win it three times is a fantastic feeling.” Dyson is enjoying the best form of his career and adds the latest trophy to his Irish Open win in July. It also saw him jump 27 places to move inside the world’s Top 30 for the first time. OTG WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE EUROPEN TOUR FINAL STANDINGS 1 SIMON DYSON ENG -12 € 300,000 2 DAVID LYNN ENG -11 € 200,000 3 RORY MCILROY NIR -10 € 112,680 4 GARY ORR SCO -9 € 90,000 5 LEE WESTWOOD ENG -8 € 76,320 T6 ROSS FISHER ENG -7 € 45,240 T6 DAVID HORSEY ENG -7 € 45,240 T6 JAMES KINGSTON RSA -7 € 45,240 T6 JOSE MANUEL LARA ESP -7 € 45,240 T6 JOOST LUITEN NED -7 € 45,240 T6 PAUL MCGINLEY IRL -7 € 45,240 WRAP THE