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Every golfer’s dream is to play in the Masters and England’s Simon Dyson is now less than a month away from his debut.

Every golfer’s dream is to play in the Masters and England’s Simon Dyson is now less than a month away from his debut.
“I’ve got 16 family and friends going and we’re renting a couple of houses,” said the 32-year-old from York. “I can’t wait.”
Augusta is not all Dyson has to look forward to this year. A first Ryder Cup cap is in his sights – he is fifth on the points table at the moment – and he is getting married in December.
First, though, comes this week’s CA Championship in Miami, only the fourth World Golf Championships event of his career.
It is an important one too. Dyson has fallen out of the world’s top 50 since the start of the year and climbing back up could help him get some invitations to forthcoming US Tour events.
“I’m used to playing a lot and I’d like to be in all four before Augusta.
“I don’t feel I’ve really had a run and got into the season yet. I had the three in a row in the Middle East, but I’m sick of the stop-start since then.”
Dyson’s only tournament since Dubai at the start of last month was the WGC Match Play in Tucson three weeks ago and he lost in the first round to American Sean O’Hair.
Four players in this week’s 68-strong field – Danes Soren Hansen and Soren Kjeldsen, Thai Thongchai Jaidee and China’s Liang Wen-chong – were in Malaysia last week, but despite winning four times in Asia the Dunhill Links champion said: “I just thought it would be a killer trip from there to here. They must be so tired.”
It was in Hong Kong that Dyson proposed to his fiancee Lyndsey on New Year’s Eve, but they will be honeymooning in New York and Barbados following their wedding.
Although Dyson’s world ranking has been slipping of late, he is part of the recent English success story.
Paul Casey won three times early last year, Dyson triumphed in Holland and Scotland, Ross Fisher captured the Volvo World Match Play, Lee Westwood dominated the end of the European Tour season and Ian Poulter’s victories in Singapore and then Tucson last month put him in the spotlight.
Westwood, Poulter and Casey stand fourth, fifth and sixth in the world – and all have the chance to go higher this weekend.
The tournament at the TPC Blue Monster course – not so much of a monster now with winners Phil Mickelson winning at 19 under par last year and Geoff Ogilvy at 17-under in 2008 – has no halfway cut.
Defending champion Mickelson did not arrive until last night because of other commitments, but at least he is playing this time. Like Tiger Woods he gave the Match Play a miss.
Woods and Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa are the two absentees from Doral. Ishikawa has a high school graduation, while Woods, of course, has not played since November in order to try to sort out his personal life.

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