Currently 16th in the rankings, Dyson needs to win the tournament to get ahead of Casey in the list, and a second place would move him perilously close. McGowan is looking for a top four finish, something that has eluded him all season so far and – on balance – looks unlikely.
The lure and prestige of the Ryder Cup is something that these two clearly do not wish to miss out on, as their epic journey highlights. Following the US PGA championship, in which it was Dyson who made the greater impression, a plane to Heathrow, London, was the first step. Next came a second flight to Prague, in the Czech Republic, followed by a railway journey of some 180 miles to Ostrava. Determination such as this may well catch the eye of captain Colin Montgomerie.
Dyson has also stated his intention to participate in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles next week, the final qualifying event for Ryder Cup places, whatever happens in the Czech Open. Of his current form Dyson said:
“This might be the best chance I ever have of playing in the Ryder Cup and playing so well at Whistling Straits has given me a massive boost in confidence.”
McGowan has been playing of late with a trapped nerve to contend with, and could only finish with a poor 81 in the US PGA Championship