Dyson equals his own course record

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golf: Three-time winner Simon Dyson equalled his own course record in the KLM Open, but still found himself trailing Spanish duo Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal in Zandvoort.

Malton’s Dyson carded a seven-under-par 63 at Kennemer Golf Club, matching the record held by himself and four other players, to post a halfway total of eight under par, one behind the Spanish pair.

Dyson whose last win came at this event two years ago, said: “I’ve done well in previous years and played well today.

“I played really solid apart from the last two holes and never looked like making bogey.

“I hit a poor tee shot on the eighth, which was my 17th, and the lie determined the shot I had to play. I had quite a lot of room to pitch it on the green but had a terrible lie so had to play a little bump and run, a proper links shot, and managed to play it well.

“On the last I didn’t quite strike the chip as I wanted to but it was nice to roll the putt in and have a bogey-free round.”

Jimenez, already the oldest winner in European Tour history after claiming the Hong Kong Open aged 48 and 318 days last November, added a 67 to his opening 64 as he looks to claim his 20th Tour title and 13th since turning 40.

“This course suits me,” said the 49-year-old, who won his second tournament in this event in 1994, albeit at a different course.

“It’s not a very long course but you have to have the ball in position.

“I like this kind of links course and I feel very comfortable with my game.”

Harrogate’s John Parry missed the cut after a 71 while Sheffield’s Danny Willett - who led the tournament on Thursday morning - shot a 77 to bring a premature end to his challenge.

Hull’s Richard Finch shot successive 69s.

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington missed the cut after rounds of 71 and 69 left him level par.