Dyson wins Irish Open

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KILLARNEY, Ireland -- Simon Dyson won the Irish Open on Sunday, but it was a man named Green of all things that bogeyed the last hole to give Dyson the title.

After Dyson birdied two of the last three to match Australia's Richard Green at 15-under par, Green needed a par at the last to force a playoff at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club.

Green's approach at the 18th came up 65 feet short of the target. He ran his birdie try for the win almost 12 feet by the hole and now he needed that putt to force sudden death.

Green missed the putt and Dyson got his fifth European Tour victory and first in almost two years.

"You always feel sorry for somebody when that happens," Dyson said of the runner-up in his televised interview. "I'd have much preferred to win it with a birdie, but I'll take whatever I can get."

Dyson carded a four-under 67 Sunday to get in at 269.

Green shot a three-under 68 to finish one back.

Stephen Gallacher shot a three-under 68 as well to take third at 12-under 272. Bernd Wiesberger fired a five-under 66 and came in fourth at minus-11.

Green was the man who took control early. He, Dyson and David Howell shared the third-round lead, but Green recorded four birdies and a bogey on his front nine to move two clear of Dyson, who birdied the eighth.

Dyson birdied the 10th and rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt at the 11th to tie Green in first. Dyson ran his 35-foot birdie try five feet by the hole at 13 and missed the putt coming back to fall one behind Green.

"I'm one of these people who likes to look at the scoreboard," Dyson admitted on television. "I three-putted 13 which was a bit of a shame."

Dyson birdied the par-five 16th to tie Green atop the leaderboard, but Green, in the group behind Dyson, hit a spectacular second shot to 14 feet. Green missed the eagle putt, but tapped in for birdie to once again move one ahead.

At the 17th, Dyson played a beautiful second shot to three feet. He converted the birdie putt to tie for first, then hit another great approach just past the flag at 18. The Englishman missed the birdie putt, then waited for Green to finish.

Green's play down the stretch gave Dyson the title.

"It's amazing," Dyson said. "I was so focused all day. The golf I played this week was probably the best golf I've ever played."

Dyson's victory gave him a spot in next week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

"Better get home tonight and phone my travel agent and get a flight out to Akron tomorrow," he said.

Dyson's on a nice run. He took ninth at the British Open two weeks ago and came in third at the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. He believes he can become a big player in the big tournaments.

"I played some really good golf and knew I could cut it with the guys in the majors as well as the big events," said Dyson.

Ignacio Garrido (68), Alexandre Kaleka (68) and Soren Hansen (69) tied for fifth at 10-under 274.

Howell struggled to a two-over 73 on Sunday and shared eighth place with Lorenzo Gagli (65) and low Irishman Peter Lawrie (69). The trio finished at minus-nine.

The Northern Irish U.S. Open winners never contended all week and there was no charge on Sunday.

Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, carded a one-under 70 and tied for 25th, while Rory McIlroy, who romped to victory this year at Congressional, only managed an even-par 71 and shared 34th at minus-three.

NOTES: Dyson won twice in 2009 and twice in 2006...He moved to ninth on the Race to Dubai...Next week is the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which Hunter Mahan won last year.


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