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Dyson Cleans Up At Irish Open

Englishman wins fifth European Tour title

Posted Aug 01, 2011 by Chris White

Dyson becomes the fourth straight Englishman to win the Irish Open at Killarney

As much as the locals may have hated it, an Englishman walked away with this year’s Irish Open title at Killarney, as Simon Dyson recorded his fifth European Tour title.

33-year old Dyson held off the challenge of Australian Richard Green to finish one-stroke clear at 15-under par, as the Aussie bogeyed the final hole after having three putts on the 18th – the first of which, despite being from an almost impossible distance, would have given him the title.

The Englishman, who finished tied for ninth at the Open this year, has continued a successful run for English golfers at Killarney, as the last four winners of the Irish Open hosted at Killarney, have come from England.

2010 winner Ross Fisher finished with a two-over par round of 73 to close 6-under par, while overnight joint-leader David Howell carded a final round 73 to finish 9-under par, 6 shots behind Dyson.

The leading Irishman was Peter Lawrie, who finished 9-under par, with Graeme McDowell 4-under, Rory McIlroy 3-under and both Padraig Harrington and Open winner Darren Clarke missing the cut at the end of the second round, on 3-over par and 1-over par respectively.

Scotsman Stephen Gallacher holed a huge putt on the final hole to record a birdie, and give him the outright third place finish, finishing 12-under par.

Dyson, whose biggest career victory came at the 2009 Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, now “has to give the travel agent a ring,” as he joked, having earned a place at the Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio, which gets under way on Thursday.

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