Nagged-to-death Dyson wins KLM

European Tour

Tournament: The KLM Open
Venue: Kennemer G & CC, Zandvoort, Netherlands
Winner Simon Dyson

England’s Simon Dyson today credited “constant nagging” for taking his career to the next level after claiming his second European Tour title of the season in the KLM Open.
Dyson beat Australian Richard Green at the first hole of a play-off after the pair had finished tied on 14 under par at Kennemer GC.
The 28-year-old from York rolled in a 10ft birdie putt to claim the £180,000 first prize after Green had failed to hole his birdie attempt from long range.
Ireland’s Damien McGrane, who took a three-shot lead into the final round, carded a closing 70 to miss out on the play-off by a shot in third place.
France’s Christian Cevaer took fourth on 12 under with Wales’ Garry Houston another stroke back in fifth. Colin Montgomerie finished in a share of 14th after a closing 69.
Dyson, who birdied three of the last four holes in a flawless final round of 66, won the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2000 but it took until the Indonesia Open in Jakarta in March for him to win on the European Tour.
“I’ve dedicated myself a lot better this year,” he admitted. “I’ve been working out in the gym and also working a lot with (psychologist) Jamil Qureshi.
“I used to get annoyed a lot and it would cost me shots but now you almost wouldn’t know if I’d made bogey or missed a short birdie putt.
“I am a different player and a different person compared to last year and it has has just been down to hard work and constant nagging from my coach and parents.
“It feels fantastic. To win once is a great achievement, to do it again in the same year – it just keeps getting better and better. It has been a good year so far.
“Everything is working well and it feels good.”
Dyson has also recorded six other top-10 finishes in 2006 and moves from 24th to 14th on the Order of Merit. He will also climb well inside the world’s top 100 after starting the week at 110th.
He started the day three behind McGrane and still trailed Green despite a front nine of 34 with birdies at the seventh and ninth.
Five straight pars seemed to have ended his chances but the former Walker Cup star then birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th to catch Green on 14 under.
Green only made the cut right on the mark of one over par, and at that stage was eight shots off the lead.
But the left-hander played the last 36 holes in 15 under par, carding a course record 62 on Saturday and closing with a 65 today which contained eight birdies and two bogeys.
The 35-year-old from Melbourne’s sole tour victory remains the Dubai Desert Classic in 1997 – when he pulled off a shock play-off win over Ian Woosnam and Greg Norman – and he has now finished second five times since.
“If you had said to me at the start of the week this is where I was going to finish, coming from the cut line to a play-off, I’d have been pretty happy with it because I haven’t been playing that great and my putting has been pretty ordinary,” Green said.
“But the weekend was very encouraging. My 62 will be something to remember as well – that’s my new number on my race car (Green owns a V8 touring car).
“I’ve given it as good an effort over the weekend as I could have and I am pretty happy with that. I definitely know that I am playing good enough to win another golf tournament soon.”
Players and caddies wore black ribbons as a mark of respect following the death of Darren Clarke’s wife, Heather, this morning after a long battle with cancer.
And McGrane admitted: “It was tough out there. Myself and Peter (Lawrie) knew it was a matter of time but the two of us were out there with a chance to win the golf tournament and we get news like that.
“We really feel for Darren and his family. He is a fantastic man and a fantastic golfer and he will bounce back.
“I wish him every success and I think I speak for everyone when I say I hope we see him back out here soon.”
ALL THE FINAL ROUND SCORES
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, Par 71)
(x) denotes amateurs
270 Simon Dyson 67 71 66 66 (£180,034), Richard Green (Aus) 73 70 62 65 (£120,020)
(Dyson won at first hole of sudden-death play-off)
271 Damien McGrane 69 68 64 70 (£67,622)
272 Christian Cevaer (Fra) 65 71 69 67 (£54,011)
273 Garry Houston 72 68 67 66 (£45,801)
274 Peter Lawrie 69 71 64 70 (£37,808)
275 David Lynn 75 65 71 64, Anders Hansen (Den) 65 72 71 67, Andrew McLardy (Rsa) 68 71 69 67, Markus Brier (Aut) 66 73 68 68, Phillip Archer 68 68 70 69, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 67 73 66 69
276 David Drysdale 68 70 72 66
277 Steven O’Hara 71 70 69 67, Gary Murphy 69 70 70 68, Marco Ruiz (Par) 69 72 67 69, Colin Montgomerie 70 71 67 69, Lee Slattery 69 72 67 69, David Carter 70 71 67 69, Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 68 68 69 72, Jean-Francois Remesy (Fra) 72 65 67 73
278 Tom Whitehouse 70 73 65 70, Paul McGinley 72 70 66 70, Jonathan Lomas 72 67 69 70, Rafael Gomez (Arg) 68 73 67 70, Alessandro Tadini (Ita) 68 70 69 71
279 Miles Tunnicliff 72 70 70 67, Klas Eriksson (Swe) 69 71 72 67, Ian Woosnam 72 70 67 70, Ian Garbutt 70 70 69 70, Alastair Forysth 71 69 67 72
280 Andrew Coltart 75 68 69 68, Shaun Webster 71 69 70 70, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 67 74 69 70, Raymond Russell 67 69 72 72, Neil Cheetham 68 71 68 73, Richard McEvoy 71 68 68 73, Warren Abery (Rsa) 70 70 66 74
281 Adam Mednick (Swe) 69 71 74 67, Matthew Millar (Aus) 70 68 73 70, Benn Barham 73 68 70 70
282 Peter O’Malley (Aus) 72 71 72 67, Sam Little 72 71 71 68, Marc Cayeux (Zim) 71 72 69 70, Santiago Luna (Spa) 71 72 68 71, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 68 67 73 74
283 Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 73 69 71 70, Cesar Monasterio (Arg) 70 72 71 70, Stuart Little 73 69 70 71, Ross Fisher 70 71 71 71, Robert-Jan Derksen (Ned) 69 71 70 73
284 Andrew Marshall 73 68 71 72
285 Gary Emerson 74 69 73 69, Barry Lane 68 73 74 70, Christian Nilsson (Swe) 71 70 74 70, David Park 68 74 71 72, (x) Tim Sluiter (Ned) 69 70 73 73, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 71 71 69 74, David Bransdon (Aus) 68 71 71 75, Daniel Vancsik (Arg) 73 69 67 76
286 Richard Bland 72 71 71 72, Jamie Donaldson 69 71 72 74
287 Sven Struver (Ger) 68 75 72 72, Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 76 67 72 72, Phillip Price 73 69 70 75
288 Niels Kraaij (Ned) 72 70 76 70, Alexandre Rocha (Bra) 75 67 74 72
289 James Kingston (Rsa) 69 73 74 73, Robert Rock 66 76 73 74, Brian Akstrup (Den) 73 69 73 74
291 Leif Westerberg (Swe) 73 68 77 73
295 Carlos Rodiles (Spa) 69 73 79 74
Disq: Gary Evans