Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Dyson on the hop after Irish win

Simon Dyson
Simon Dyson

Simon Dyson was forced into some hasty change of plans after putting himself back in the golfing limelight.

Winning the Irish Open in Killarney has given the 33-year-old a place in this week's world championship in Ohio. It meant he did not catch the plane from Cork he was originally booked on, but he was still able to be Dublin in time for a late-night flight back to Liverpool, and then to home in Cheshire for a good night's sleep before heading off to America.

"I'm absolutely made up," said the Yorkshire-born player. "I came in playing some very good golf, but I didn't think it would be that good. I impressed myself a little bit to be honest. It's a shame you can't bottle how you feel sometimes. It's amazing - it really is. The golf I've played this week is probably the best I've ever played."

Seven shots off the pace after the opening round, Dyson captured his fifth European Tour title when he birdied two of the last three holes in, and then Australian Richard Green three-putted the last to lose by one.

Dyson's first victory for almost two years came just a fortnight after he was England's best player in finishing ninth at The Open, an event he was not even in until there were five withdrawals the week before.

Now he can take his game onto the world stage again, first this week at Firestone and then next week in the US PGA Championship in Atlanta, the season's final major.

"After The Open it made me realise that I was quite a good player and I came into this with a lot of confidence," he added.

He was only 71st out of 80 on his Akron debut a year ago - Tiger Woods was among those below him - and he admits: "It's not a course that suits me to be honest. But I'm very excited and it's amazing how seeing your friends do well spurs you on."

Dyson is in the same management stable as Open champion Darren Clarke, US Open champion Rory McIlroy, Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and last year's Open champion Louis Oosthuizen - as well as world number two Lee Westwood.

"It's been great to be part of that and watch the boys doing so well, winning majors. You see what they are getting and you want a bit of it," he said.

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