Ace puts Dyson in contention

Simon Dyson continued his love affair with Asia after firing a hole-in-one at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

Simon Dyson continued his love affair with Asia after firing a hole-in-one in an opening round 64 to put himself firmly in contention at the UBS Hong Kong Open.
The 32-year-old from York is a four-time winner on the continent and a former Asian Tour number one and he got his bid for a first win since 2006 off to the ideal start with an eagle, five birdies and just one bogey to put him within one-stroke of clubhouse leader Rory McIlroy.
Dyson’s hole-in-one came on the par-three 12th as his tee shot landed within two feet from the pin before rolling into the hole.
And the Yorkshireman – who won the Asian Tour Order of Merit 10 years ago – believes playing in the region seems to bring out the best in his game.
“Having done what I did in 2000, every time I came out here after that people who used to say ‘Dyson is fancied out here’ and it kind of gave me the mentality that I was,” said the world number 78.
“A lot of my good results have been out here. I have got a few seconds and few thirds and I won the Indonesian Open – a joint sanctioned European and Asian Tour event.
“It is a lovely part of the world to come and play.”
Dyson will no doubt fancy his chances in Hong Kong this week having won the tournament back in 2000 – the year before it became a European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned event.
The near perfect conditions at Hong Kong Golf Club today have resulted in plenty of good scores being posted and Dyson is hopeful for more of the same in tomorrow’s second round.
“It was perfect, it couldn’t be any better,” he added.
“There is a slight breeze which is nice, the greens are rolling as good as I have ever seen them role here, so the course is excellent and the weather even better.”