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Simon John Dyson (born 21 December 1977) is an English professional golfer. He played on the European Tour from 2001 to 2017, having played on the Asian Tour in 2000 and winning the Order of Merit. He had six wins on the European Tour, including the KLM Open three times. After struggling with a wrist injury he retired from competitive golf in early 2019.

Simon Dyson
KLM 2009 Simon Dyson.JPG
Personal information
Full nameSimon John Dyson
Born (1977-12-21) 21 December 1977 (age 41)
York, England
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight168 lb (76 kg; 12.0 st)
Nationality England
ResidenceManchester, England
SpouseLyndsey Dyson
Career
Turned professional1999
Retired2019
Former tour(s)European Tour
Asian Tour
Professional wins9
Highest ranking26 (29 January 2012)[1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour6
Asian Tour4
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 2010, 2012
PGA ChampionshipT6: 2007
U.S. OpenT51: 2012
The Open ChampionshipT9: 2011
Achievements and awards
Asian Tour
Order of Merit winner
2000

Amateur careerEdit

In 1999, Dyson was runner-up to Paul Casey in the English Amateur and won the Finnish Amateur title. He was also a member of the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team that year, before turning professional in September.

Professional careerEdit

In 2000, Dyson topped the Asian Tour Order of Merit after winning three tournaments on that tour, and was also Rookie of the Year. He also played a small number of events on the European Tour in 2000. From 2001 to 2014 he played mainly on the European Tour, and finished in the top 100 on the Order of Merit 13 times, the only exception being in 2003.

In March 2006 Dyson won his maiden European Tour title at the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open and followed up later that year by winning the KLM Open in a playoff over Richard Green. These victories helped him to finish 21st on the Order of Merit and climb into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career.

Dyson nearly won the season ending Volvo Masters tournament at Valderrama in 2007, when he was involved in a three-man sudden death playoff for the championship with Soren Kjeldsen and Justin Rose. After the trio all parred the first playoff hole, they all found the green at the second playoff hole to leave birdie chances. However both Kjeldsen and Dyson rolled their efforts passed the hole, whilst the 2007 Order of Merit winner, Rose holed his for the championship.[2]

His most successful year came in 2009 when he won the KLM Open for a second time, again at the first playoff hole, like he did in 2006, this time defeating Peter Hedblom and Peter Lawrie. The victory came after a final round 63 made sure of a place in the three-man playoff.[3] In October Dyson shot a six-under final round of 66 to take victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.[4] Dyson finished the season ranked 8th on the Race to Dubai standings.

In July 2011, Dyson won for the fifth time on the European Tour at the Irish Open. When Dyson finished his round with a 67, he was the co-leader with Richard Green, who was one group behind him. Dyson even had a putt on the 18th to go one stroke clear, but it slipped past the edge of the hole. However, when Green only found the front edge of the 18th green with his approach shot, he took three putts to get down for his bogey meaning that Dyson was the outright winner by one stroke.[5] This win elevated Dyson to 9th on the Race to Dubai list and earned him a place in the following week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Dyson also broke into the Official World Golf Ranking top 50.[6] In September 2011, Dyson won his third KLM Open title to move into the world's top 30 for the first time.[7] Dyson finished the season ranked 10th on the Race to Dubai standings.

Dyson finished 50th in Order of Merit in 2012, 72nd in 2013 and 41st in 2014. His best finish during these three years was runner-up in the 2014 KLM Open. In 2013 Dyson was disqualified from the BMW Masters for submitting an incorrect score after it was determined that he should have been assessed a two stroke penalty for tapping down a spike mark during the second round, in violation of the rules. He was later fined £30,000 and given a suspended two month ban from the European Tour after they determined that, although his actions were considered to be a serious breach of the rules, they were not premeditated.[8][9]

Dyson suffered a wrist tendon injury early in 2015 which ultimately required surgery and resulted in him missing much of that season.[10][11] He played on the European Tour in 2016 and 2017 but was never able to return to the form he showed earlier in his career, dropping down to the second tier Challenge Tour for the 2018 season where he again struggled to compete. In 2019 he decided to take a break from tournament golf.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Dyson was born in York. He lives in Manchester with his wife Lyndsey. The couple were married in December 2010. Dyson is the nephew of Terry Dyson, a former footballer.[13] He is a lifelong supporter of Manchester United.[14]

Amateur winsEdit

  • 1999 Finnish Amateur Championship

Professional wins (9)Edit

European Tour wins (6)Edit

 
Simon Dyson
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 5 Mar 2006 Enjoy Jakarta HSBC Indonesian Open1 –20 (66-68-67-67=268) 2 strokes   Andrew Buckle
2 13 Aug 2006 KLM Open –14 (67-71-66-66=270) Playoff   Richard Green
3 23 Aug 2009 KLM Open (2) –15 (67-67-68-63=265) Playoff   Peter Hedblom,   Peter Lawrie
4 5 Oct 2009 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship –20 (68-66-68-66=268) 3 strokes   Rory McIlroy,   Oliver Wilson
5 31 Jul 2011 Irish Open –15 (70-65-67-67=269) 1 stroke   Richard Green
6 11 Sep 2011 KLM Open (3) –12 (65-66-71-66=268) 1 stroke   David Lynn

1 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (2–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2006 KLM Open   Richard Green Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2007 Volvo Masters   Søren Kjeldsen,   Justin Rose Rose won with birdie on second extra hole
3 2009 KLM Open   Peter Hedblom,   Peter Lawrie Won with birdie on first extra hole

Asian Tour wins (4)Edit

1 Co-sanctioned with the European Tour

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Masters Tournament CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT CUT CUT T51
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT T34 T48 CUT T48 T9 T23
PGA Championship T6 CUT T12 T51 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 9 5
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 3
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 4 20 9
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2010 Open Championship – 2011 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Results in World Golf Championship eventsEdit

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 R64
Cadillac Championship T38 T50 72
Bridgestone Invitational T71 T33 T16
HSBC Champions T28 T16
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Professional

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 4 2012 Ending 29 Jan 2012" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Dyson falls short in playoff for Volvo Masters". European Tour. 4 November 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Dyson wins play-off at KLM Open". BBC Sport. 23 August 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Dyson secures Dunhill Links title". BBC Sport. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Dyson wins the Irish Open for his fifth career victory". European Tour. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Week 31 – Scott Stalling Wins The Greenbrier Classic And Climbs To World Number 119". OWGR. 1 August 2011. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Simon Dyson wins KLM Open to move into world top 30". BBC Sport. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  8. ^ Murray, Ewan (5 December 2013). "Simon Dyson has Tour ban suspended after BMW Masters disqualification". The Guardian.
  9. ^ "Simon Dyson handed suspended two-month European Tour ban". BBC Sport. 5 December 2013.
  10. ^ Kelly, Tony (24 March 2015). "Wrist injury setback for York golfer Simon Dyson". York Press.
  11. ^ Ellis, Adam (18 November 2015). "Injury nightmare almost at an end for Dyson". The Golf Paper.
  12. ^ Richardson, Joe (17 January 2019). "North Yorkshire star Simon Dyson "steps away" from competitive golf to concentrate on business interests". York Press.
  13. ^ Profile of Dyson Archived 24 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine Golfism; Retrieved 19 September 2011
  14. ^ Simon Dyson plays Wentworth sporting Manchester United Nike golf shoes and bag... Rhys Davies leads Ian Poulter (at Tiger Woods 12 by EA Sports)... Mail Online, 27 May 2011

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