Time for Dyson to stay focused in bid for top 50

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The 2013 European Tour season was the first barren year for Yorkshiremen in six years.

Between them, Simon Dyson, Richard Finch, Danny Willett and John Parry failed to earn a Tour title, but it was no less dramatic because of it.

Aside from Finch’s eventful end to the year, long-time running mate Dyson endured his own dramas.

A season highlighted by a brief flourish in the summer was overshadowed when he became embroiled in a rules storm at the inaugural play-off series in China.

The Malton golfer was disqualified for signing for an incorrect score at the BMW Masters in Shanghai on October 25, having failed to add a two-shot penalty to his card after an incident on the eighth green, when he touched the line of his putt after marking his ball.

At a European Tour disciplinary hearing last month, he was handed a two-month suspended sentence and fined £30,000.

The issue may follow him in 2014 and beyond, but if he manages to look past that and maintain focus, then continuing the good form he was beginning to show is the order of the day as he looks to reclaim his place among the top 50 in the world.

Willett’s year was undermined by a lower back injury that kept him out for much of the Spring, but the 26-year-old from Sheffield goes into the new year as the highest-ranked Yorkshireman in the world at 116, having at least salvaged something from 2013 by performing admirably at two major championships.

A full year of competitive golf now the injury is behind him could yield a second Tour title to add to the one he won in Germany 18 months ago.

For Parry, overcoming the second-season syndrome will be high on his agenda.

In his first spell on the premier circuit, he won a tournament but then dropped off the Tour at the end of the following year after failing to make the most of that platform.

His second stint began in not-so explosive fashion, with the 27-year-old from Harrogate describing it as a “very steady year”.

But he looks better equipped this time around to prolong his stay at the top table.

All three are set to reconvene at the Abu Dhabi Championship on January 16.