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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Dyson earns McIlroy praise as he joins exclusive club

GOLF:Simon Dyson will win his third Seve Trophy cap in Paris this week, but there is every reason for believing that this one will be followed by a Ryder Cup debut.

The 33-year-old Englishman won his third KLM Open in six years in Holland yesterday and with an Irish Open also under his belt this season, he is now up into the world's top 30 for the first time in his career.

He certainly impressed playing partner Rory McIlroy (pictured), back at third in the rankings after finishing third for the second week running.

McIlroy shot a closing 67 at Hilversum, but after seeing Dyson birdie four of the last seven holes for a 66 and one-shot victory over David Lynn, the US open champion said: "He played great. He did everything he needed to do and when he gets in position he is pretty tough."

Dyson joins a list of three-time winners of the title which includes Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer and he said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be on the same trophy as names like those two. 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.

"I started a bit shakily -- my timing was just a little bit off -- but after my bogey on 11, I played pretty flawless golf."

For McIlroy, two closing birdies were too little too late to give him his first professional victory on European soil.

He was also third in the European Masters and said: "It's not been a bad two weeks. To be able to give myself a chance when I didn't have my best stuff, I was quite pleased."

Having turned down the Seve Trophy, he next plays at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland in two weeks.

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