It was almost fitting that an Englishman would claim the Irish open following Ireland’s recent success at the British open. While Simon Dyson is unlikely to celebrate his dramatic Irish open win in the same manner as Darren Clarke celebrated after his Sandwich triumph the win was just as pleasing for the 33 year old.
Dyson, who described the support on the course as like “playing in The Open” claimed his fifth European tour title by one stroke when Richard Green, who led going into the final hole, three putted.
It caps an amazing month for the Englishman who finished on 15th under after his 9th place finish in the British open and the wins sealed a spot in this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron.
Dyson was naturally thrilled with the win not to mention the support of the Killarney crowd, “It’s amazing – it really is. The golf I’ve played this week is probably the best I’ve ever played.” “They were unbelievable to play in front of, they really were. They are so gracious. They clap every shot. They clap you on the tee and into the green and every birdie you make. It was just a pleasure to play in front of them.”
He also took time out from savouring his win to offer his condolences to runner up Green, saying “You always feel sorry for somebody when that happens, “I would have much preferred to win it with a birdie, but I will take whatever I can get.”
Peter Lawrie was the best of the Irish on 9 under, a result that guaranteed him a share of 8th place and 33,500 euro for his efforts. Damien McGrane and Simon Thornton were tied for 21st alongside amateur Paul Cutler. Meanwhile Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy could only finish tied 25th and tied 34th respectively.
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