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Dyson shoots 66 for Dunhill Links crown

SIMON Dyson produced birdies on six of the first seven holes on Monday for a 6-under 66 that gave him a three-shot victory in the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Dyson finished on 268, 20 under par. Oliver Wilson shot a 7-under 65 to share second place on 271 with Rory McIlroy, who birdied the last for a 69.

"This is like our fifth major, a massive tournament at the Home of Golf and I've shot 66 to win it," a delighted Dyson said. "I'm absolutely buzzing. Darren Clarke has just said to me 'Take your time and enjoy it -- it does not get any better than winning at St Andrews.

"My parents always come up (to the tournament), but couldn't make it this year. They're never coming back!"

McIlroy was close after 11 holes but bogeyed the 12th and then added bogeys on the 16th and 17th. He conceded that Dyson was just too good on the day.

"I had a target of 20 under but Simon started out incredible and played too well so hat's off to him. When someone starts like that it's hard to make up ground and I just didn't play well enough on the back nine," McIlroy said.

Richie Ramsay of Scotland and Rafael Cabrera-Bello both shot 69s to share fourth place. Overnight leader Luke Donald could only manage a 1-over 73 and slipped into a tie for seventh.

For Dyson, it was his second victory in six weeks. He won the Dutch Open in August and has also had a joint 3rd in Cologne and a joint 7th in Switzerland in recent weeks.

Dyson made three 20-footers in his opening burst. He also birdied the 12th and had his only bogey at the 17th.

His win moved him into the top 10 in the Race To Dubai and earned him places in the World Match Play at the end of this month and the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai right afterwards. He also qualifies for next year's Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio and now heads the Ryder Cup standings for next year's match in Wales.


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