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Dyson wins KLM Open in 3-way playoff



Zandvoort, Netherlands (Sports Network) - Simon Dyson birdied the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat Peter Lawrie and Peter Hedblom and win the KLM Open.

Dyson rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to knock off the other players, claiming his third European Tour win and second at the KLM Open.

Lawrie parred the playoff hole, while Hedblom made bogey.

Dyson, who began the round tied for 12th place, fired a seven-under 63 to finish at 15-under 265. He also won the tournament in 2006.

Lawrie shot a three-under 67 on Sunday, while Hedblom, the third-round leader, managed only a one-under 69 to slip into the three-way playoff.

At the par-four 18th, Hedblom was the only player among the three to hit the fairway with his drive. But he blasted his second shot through the green on the way to making bogey.

Lawrie, from the rough, came up short of the green on his approach. He chipped to five feet to set up a par, but it wasn't enough.

Also hitting out of the rough, Dyson knocked his second shot in the playoff to just 10 feet and -- like he did all week -- the 31-year-old Englishman holed a putt when he most needed it.

"Unbelievable," he said afterward.

The victory wrapped up a week of spectacular tee-to-green golf for Dyson, who only made two bogeys through his 73 holes. Both of those dropped shots came in the third round.

He said it was the best golf of his life.

"On a whole, yeah. I made two bogeys. I nearly went 72 holes without even dropping a shot," said Dyson. "Every part of my game (was working) -- my driving was good, my iron play was good and when I did miss the green my chipping was good. And when I did not hit a very good chip, I made the putt."

Hedblom, after taking a two-shot lead into the final round, played his first 14 holes in just one-over par. But he birdied the 15th and 17th to make it into the playoff.

Lawrie, after going four-under through a topsy-turvy 15 holes, bogeyed the 16th to fall back to 15-under.

Meanwhile, Dyson's round was flawless.

He birdied four holes on the front nine, turning in 32 shots, then collected three birdies on the back side of the Kennemer course -- including one at the par-three 17th.

"As soon as I saw the wind today, I thought if I shot six-under I'd have half a chance," said Dyson, who bettered that prediction by a stroke. "I holed some good putts. I'm really pleased."

Finishing six groups ahead of Hedblom and Lawrie, who played in the final pairing, Dyson watched as they made their way through the final holes. He felt confident.

"I fancied my chances, like I always do," said Dyson.

Damien McGrane shot a six-under 64 and took fourth place at 14-under 266. Jamie Donaldson (67) and 2008 champion Darren Clarke (68) tied for fifth at 13-under 267.

08/23 14:12:48 ET


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