dyson wins irish

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Simon Dyson won The Irish Open and climbed into the world's top 50.

Dyson, 33, overshadowed the Irish contingent of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell to scorch to 15 under and the title at Killarney.

The English star had a great Open at Royal St George's where he finished ninth after only getting in as fifth reserve.

The victory lands him £230,000 and a place in the World Golf Championship in America this week. Dyson said: "The golf I've played this week is probably the best I've ever played."

Dyson claimed his fifth European Tour victory after Aussie Richard Green three-putted at the last. Green had led for most of the final day but Dyson pushed him and at the 18th, Green cracked.

Scotland's Stephen Gallacher came third and David Howell showed a return to form with a solid eighth place.

The Irish hopefuls were notable by their absence from the top of the leaderboard.

Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke missed the cut, McDowell came tied 25th and McIlroy was tied 34th.

McIlroy now turns his sights back to America. He said: "Next week is big, but the week after (The US PGA in Atlanta) is the most important one. I feel if I put the work in, there's no reason why I can't have another gopod shot at a Major."