Now Dyson charges into the lead
England’s Simon Dyson has rocketed himself into the outright lead at Sandwich with a three-hole birdie blitz.
England’s Simon Dyson has launched his second round with a three-hole birdie blitz from the first that has rocketed him into the outright lead at five under.
This after the surprise overnight leaders, Thomas Bjorn and Tom Lewis, had both dropped two shots early in their rounds and quickly fallen back into the chasing pack at 3-under and American Lucas Glover, the 2009 US Open Winner, and a resurgent Darren Clarke had both finished their rounds on four under after each had briefly flirted with the lead.
Glover shot a level-par 70 and Clarke a 2-under 68.
At this stage on a calm, windless day only Clarke, Dyson, South Africa’s reigning Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, who was 3-under after 16 holes and up to 2-under for the tournament, and Germany’s US PGA Champion Martin Kaymer, who was 1-under after 16 holes and three-under for the tournament, seemed to be making any inroads.
Clarke and Glover at four under were tied with Miguel Angel Jimenez who has just left the first tee.
The 47-year-old Spaniard must be amazed that no player has moved further ahead, but he may face worsening conditions as the afternoon progresses if the forecasters have been accurate.
Dyson, four times a winner on the European Tour, finished third in the prestigious BMW PGA Championship recently, and opened with a 68 yesterday.
Schwartzel currently lies three shots in his wake, having climbed rapidly through the field after his embattled first round of 71 with a performance that has yielded five birdies and two dropped shots as he approached the closing hole.
His most spectacular shot so far has been a recovery from a fairway bunker at the 13th where his ball was so close to the left lip that he had to stand with only one foot in the sand and the other leg tucked up on the bank. He put the ball on the green and saved his par.
It was a very similar shot to the stunner hit by Ernie Els at Muirfield in 2002 when he beat Thomas Levet at the 5th playoff hole.
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