Recurring injury hampers Dyson

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Simon Dyson blamed a recurring back problem for his tumble off the leaderboard at the USPGA Championship on Friday.

Simon Dyson blamed a recurring back problem for his tumble off the leaderboard at the USPGA Championship on Friday.

Dyson, a recent winner at the Irish Open, started strongly, finding himself in a tie for fourth place at three under after seven holes, but consecutive double-bogeys followed at the 10th and 11th holes as he fell back to level par with a 72.

“I started off really nice and then my back went on eight,” said Dyson, who nearly had a cortisone injection before he finished ninth in The Open last month.

“I’ve been suffering. It’s just really painful and I didn’t really commit to many drives after that.

“You would think with the heat that it would loosen it up, but it doesn’t. I’m just going to rest it and have a nice hot bath.”

Former US Open champ had no such excuses, however, as he sunk to 12 over par for the tournament after a 78.

“The game is just kicking me right now,” said Mcdowell, who missed the cut in The Open as well. “The game is just not there.”

Another major winner, current Open champion Darren Clarke, had just as miserable a tournament, following up his first-round 78 with a 76 that left him on 14 over par.

Clarke did not manage a single birdie in his two rounds, and finished close to dead last out of 156 competitors.

“I’m done,” he said, adding that he would be going on two weeks’ vacation after a joyless two weeks in the States. “I won’t look at my clubs for 10 days. I’m just shattered.”

Defending champion Martin Kaymer is another top pro in danger of missing the cut, after finishing on a five over total after rounds of 73 and 72.

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