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Dutch Open: Rory McIlroy’s third takes him to three in the world

By Bernie Maguire

Rory McIlroy reluctantly accepted moving to a career best of World No 3 as a “consolation” after finishing third in the KLM Open in Holland.

McIlroy birdied three holes in succession early on but failed to capitalise before also birdieing his closing two holes in a final round 67 for a 10-under-par tally on the rain-sodden Hilversum course.

England's Simon Dyson claimed his second Race to Dubai victory in six events — after winning July's Irish Open — courtesy of a 66 for a 12-under-par total, one clear of compatriot David Lynn (68).

McIlroy has replaced Martin Kamyer as No 3 in the world after the defending KLM Open champion missed the Dutch cut.

“Finishing third this week is a consolation more than anything, and it's nice to have two thirds in a row because going into last week I wanted to improve my world ranking,” said McIlroy.

“But my competitive spirit is such that I would rather have gone to third in the world by winning this week.”

e ROYAL Co. Down’s Simon Thornton finished with a brace of birdies to claim a share of third place and his biggest-ever pay cheque, €26,000, as hot English prospect Tom Fleetwood (20), romped to victory in the Kazakhstan Open.

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