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Birdie surge helps Dyson clinch win at St Andrews

REUTERS , ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND

Simon Dyson lines up his putt on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dunhill Links Championship on the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland, on Monday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Briton Simon Dyson continued his recent rich vein of form by winning the Dunhill Links Championship title on Monday.

Dyson seized the initiative by running up six birdies in the first seven holes on his way to a six-under-par 66 and a 20-under 268 total, winning by three strokes from compatriots Rory McIlroy and Oliver Wilson.

McIlroy had to be content with climbing to the top of Europe’s money-list (Race to Dubai) with his joint runner-up finish.

Trailing the lead by a stroke overnight, Dyson’s blazing start earned him his second title in seven weeks. He had closed with a 63 and won a playoff to take the Dutch Open title in August and at the time called it the round of his life. However, the 31-year-old Englishman has now reassessed his career-best effort.

While Dyson picked up the US$800,000 winner’s check, 20-year-old Northern Irishman McIlory’s US$430,000 took him past the absent Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey to sit on top of Europe’s money-list.

McIlroy was hoping to clinch his second win of the year to go top of the money-list in style but Dyson’s early charge was too much for the Northern Irishman, who birdied the last for a 69 to tie with Wilson, who had posted a 65.

“It’s great to be on top but I know I should have done better,” McIlroy told reporters.

Britain’s Richie Ramsay (69) and Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello (69) shared fourth place, four shots behind Dyson.

Overnight leader Luke Donald’s 73 left him in a share of seventh place with fellow Briton Darren Clarke.

Gale force winds caused play to be canceled on Saturday, prompting a Monday finish.

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