Simon Dyson wins KLM Open to move into world top 30

Simon Dyson
Dyson moves into the world's top 30 after winning the KLM Open

England's Simon Dyson moved into the world's top 30 for the first time in his career after winning the KLM Open in the Netherlands.

The 33-year-old from York birdied four of the last seven holes to beat compatriot David Lynn by a single shot.

Scotland's Gary Orr had shared the lead with South Africa's James Kingston going into the final day, but Dyson moved ahead with a strong round of 66.

"After a wayward bogey on the 11th, I played some flawless golf," said Dyson.

The Englishman had recovered well after an early bogey on the fourth to land his third Dutch Open in six years.

"I started a bit shakily with some wayward drives but I'm really pleased," he said.

Rory McIlroy finished third, good enough to take him back to third in the world rankings, while number two Lee Westwood's closing 66 lifted him from 18th to fifth.

Dyson's victory was also his second in seven weeks. He took the Irish Open at the end of July - also finishing with a round of 66 - but on this occasion he had to wait to see if his 12-under-par total of 268 was good enough.

Lynn, whose triumph on the same Hilversum course seven years ago was his only one in 351 European Tour events, and Orr were both on the 16th, two shots behind. They did well to save par there, then Lynn's 15-foot birdie attempt at the next hung on the lip.

It left both of them needing to eagle the par five last and while Orr's chance went after he pushed his drive and had to lay up - in the end he took six to drop to fourth - Lynn had a 30-footer to force a play-off, but ran it wide.

Dyson joins a list of three-time winners of the title that includes Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be on the same trophy as names like those two," added Dyson. "It's something special, a dream come true really.

"To win any title once is tough, but to win it three times is a fantastic feeling."

He birdied three in a row from the 12th to take over at the top and then made the task harder for those chasing him with a two-putt birdie four on the last.

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