Yorkshireman Dyson’s delight at Irish Open win

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YORKSHIREMAN Simon Dyson completed a month to remember by winning the Irish Open in Killarney.

The 33-year-old native of York took the first prize of over £221,000 a fortnight after finishing ninth in The Open - an event he went into as fifth reserve less than a week before it started.

“It’s a shame you can’t bottle how you feel sometimes,” said Dyson after his fifth European Tour victory was achieved when Australian Richard Green three-putted the last to lose by one. “It’s amazing - it really is.

“The golf I’ve played this week is probably the best I’ve ever played.” Two birdies in the final three holes for a closing 67 and 15-under-par total gives Dyson a place in this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron and possibly a spot back in the world’s top 50.

“That was the main aim after The Open,” he added. “I knew after that I could cut with the guys in the majors and I was thinking if I keep swinging it as I am I’m going to give myself chances.”

Green led for most of the last day and was one ahead when he matched Dyson’s two-putt birdie on the long 16th.

Dyson, though, pitched to three feet at the next to draw level and then, having missed from nine feet for a third successive birdie on the last, saw Green send a near 60-footer 10 feet past and miss the return.

“You always feel sorry for somebody when that happens,” added Dyson. “I would have much preferred to win it with a birdie, but I will take whatever I can get.”