Dyson leads on day of disruption
Simon Dyson shares the lead at the KLM Open on a day that saw delays due to overnight vandalism and heavy flooding.
An in-form Simon Dyson shares the lead at the KLM Open on a day that saw delays due to overnight vandalism and heavy flooding.
Dyson shot a first-round 65 at Hilversumsche Golf Club in the Netherlands to lead by one stroke alongside Germany’s Marcel Siem – though half the field are yet to complete their first rounds after four greens were damaged by vandals overnight, leading to a 45-minute delay at the start of play to complete repairs, and heavy flooding on the course led to a further three and a half hours of play being lost later in the afternoon.
“That’s probably the wettest course I’ve ever played,” said Dyson, a two-time winner (in 2006 and 2009) of the KLM Open already, after his round.
It’s been a good year for the Englishman, who currently lies 10th on the Race to Dubai, after victory at the Irish Open earlier in the season and a string of good performances elsewhere.
“My best finish (in the Race to Dubai) is eighth and I would love to beat that.”
Dyson played his front nine in a reasonably sedate even-par, but then came alive on the back, carding four birdies, an eagle and a lone bogey to finish on five under for the tournament alongside Siem.
In contrast, Siem is without even so much as a top-10 finish so far this year, and still has work to do for the remainder of the season if he’s to keep his card. He currently lies in 104th place on the Race to Dubai.
Like Dyson, Siem also eagled the long 12th and added two birdies apiece on each nine, as well as a lone bogey at the 10th.
England’s Robert Dinwiddie lies alone in third, one shot off the pace after a 66, while two more Englishman, Oliver Wilson and David Lynn, share fourth place on three under with Dane Anders Hansen and Jin Jeong of Korea, who had only completed 10 holes of his first round.
Defending champion Martin Kaymer, who had been so enthused about his game after his second place finish in Switzerland last week, lookd out of sorts as he limped to four-over 74.
The two other big guns at the tournament, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, were among the later starters and were one over and even par through eight holes respectively before bad light brought an end to the day’s proceedings.
Japanese golfing hero Hideki Matsuyama’s top five PGA Tour victories
Following his victory on home soil in the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP we take a look at the 29-year-old’s finest PGA Tour moments.
Mallorca champion Jeff Winther nearly missed final round due to bathroom drama
Winther’s six-year-old daughter had to come to the rescue.
Jeff Winther claims maiden European Tour title with Mallorca victory
The 33-year-old Dane finished one shot clear of Sebastian Soderberg, Pep Angles and Jorge Campillo.
Hideki Matsuyama triumphs on home soil to take ZOZO Championship title
Matsuyama finished five shots clear of runner-up Brendan Steele.
Hideki Matsuyama one shot in front heading into final round of ZOZO Championship
The 29-year-old Japanese held a three-shot advantage at one stage down the back nine.
Matt Wallace remains in contention at ZOZO Championship after strong finish
Wallace was two over par for his first 15 holes at Narashino Country Club but birdied the 16th, 17th and 18th to add a 69 to his opening 65.
Matt Wallace two shots off the lead after first round of the ZOZO Championship
Home favourite Hiroshi Iwata led the way on seven under.
Collin Morikawa looking forward to having fans back in Japan
The American is racking up the miles as he contends at the start of the PGA Tour season and the end of the European Tour campaign.
Rory McIlroy’s 20 PGA Tour wins: From the breakthrough in 2010 to THE CJ CUP last week
The Northern Irishman was supreme at the weekend, holding off the challenge of Rickie Fowler and Collin Morikawa in Las Vegas.
Billy Horschel sets out to double prize money at event aimed at boosting diversity
The 34-year-old American hosted the inaugural Billy Horschel APGA Tour Invitational at Sawgrass in July.