dyson wins in holland

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Simon Dyson sealed his third KLM Open title in six years at Hilversumsche on Sunday after holding off charges from Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy.

Dyson began the day two strokes behind overnight leaders Gary Orr and James Kingston, but a final-day 66 was enough to take him to 12-under - and the tournament win, his second of the year and sixth overall.

He is now set to leap above Alexander Noren and into ninth in the Race to Dubai standings, leaving himself around €100k behind eighth-placed Darren Clarke, the Open champion.

David Lynn, himself a past winner of the tournament, finished one shot behind Dyson, while McIlroy was third, one ahead of Orr, whose 11-year wait for a third European Tour triumph continues - although he is set to take a significant leap from his current world ranking of 674.

Kingston went backwards across his final 18 holes, bogeying three of his first nine and then dropping two more on the way in - enough to leave him in a tie for sixth at seven-under.

McIlroy, second in the Race to Dubai, is left to rue a dismal performance on the greens on Thursday, a haul of 34 putts when, to be fair, the course had just been affected by a deluge.

Westwood ended in fifth place at eight-under, having recorded his second 66 of the tournament. His chances of victory were ultimately scuppered by a slow start on Saturday, when he played the opening 11 holes in three-over.