England's Simon Dyson claimed a sensational third KLM Open victory, finishing a shot clear of his countryman David Lynn at the Hilversumsche Golf Club in Hilversum, Holland.
Dyson began the round two shots behind Scotland's Gary Orr and James Kingston of South Africa. The Englishman made his move on the back nine and he played some superb golf down the stretch. He birdied four of his last seven holes including three in a row from the 12th.
When the 33-year-old secured a closing birdie, he posted a clubhouse total of 12-under-par, leaving Orr and Lynn two shots behind with three to play. Neither could close the gap, though a birdie at the last for Lynn saw him claim second place on his own.
For Dyson it was a fantastic third KLM Open victory, he joins Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer as the only players to have won the event on three occasions.
"I'm absolutely delighted to be on the same trophy as names like those two," he said. "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."
Rory McIlroy closed with a fine 67 to move into third place. That finish was good enough for the Northern Irishman to reclaim third place on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Lee Westwood also finished strongly. His 66 took him into fifth place on his own.
KLM Open Hilversumsche Golf Club, Netherlands Sep 8-11, purse €1,800,000, par 70
1 Simon Dyson (Eng) 65 66 71 66 268 €300,000 2 David Lynn (Eng) 67 66 68 68 269 €200,000 3 Rory McIlroy (NIR) 70 65 68 67 270 €112,680 4 Gary Orr (Sco) 68 66 66 71 271 €90,000 5 Lee Westwood (Eng) 70 66 70 66 272 €76,320 T6 Ross Fisher (Eng) 66 74 67 66 273 €45,240 T6 David Horsey (Eng) 69 69 66 69 273 €45,240 T6 James Kingston (RSA) 66 68 66 73 273 €45,240 T6 Jose Manuel Lara (Esp) 68 69 68 68 273 €45,240 T6 Joost Luiten (Ned) 73 67 64 69 273 €45,240 T6 Paul McGinley (Irl) 70 68 64 71 273 €45,240
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only
Fergus is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin (also of Golf Monthly)... Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?
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