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Simon Dyson enters world top 30 with second win of the season
September 12, 2011

Simon Dyson completed a career three-peat at the KLM Dutch Open this weekend to enter the record books alongside European legends Bernhard Langer and Seve Ballesteros. The Englishmen, who also won in 2006 and 2009, shot a Sunday 66 to triumph by one over compatriot and former winner at Hilversumsche, David Lynn. It is his second win in 2011 after his triumph at the Irish Open earlier this summer, and now sees him move inside the world top 30 for the first time in his career at 28th, a jump of 27 positions, while Lynn advances 45 places to world no. 103. Third place allowed Rory McIlroy to regain the world no. 3 spot from Martin Kaymer, who missed the cut and drops to no. 6, while Lee Westwood, who finished fifth, remains world no. 2.

There was no play on the PGA Tour, with the FedEx Cup Playoffs resuming later this week. Steve Stricker and Dustin Johnson, who did not play this week, each advanced one place to nos. 4 and 5 respectively. Tiger Woods has now slipped to 46th in the World Ranking.

South Korea’s Dong-Hwan Lee claimed his second Japan Golf Tour victory at the Toshin Golf Tournament in Lake Wood after a Sunday 69 saw him reach 20-under par to win by one from Taigen Tsumagari. The win comes four years after his first victory on the circuit and he now finds himself at 207 in the ranking having started the year at 1322.

Himmat Rai holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole of an enthralling five man playoff to claim his maiden Asian Tour title at the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic. The 24 year-old was the last man standing alongside the Phillipine’s Elmer Salvador on what proved to be the final playoff hole, as Rai’s long range effort was enough to take the title as darkness began to fall, and enough to propel him to 400th on the Official World Golf Ranking.

In a good day for the English on European soil, Tommy Fleetwood made good on his promise as an amateur, picking up his first Challenge Tour victory in Kazakhstan. He led by two going into Sunday’s final round, and could afford to only shoot 70 on Sunday to still win by a couple from Norway’s Knut Borsheim. The young Englishman now finds himself 214 on the Official World Golf Ranking, a rise of over 100 places.

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