England’s Simon Dyson Claims Lead at KLM Open Hit by Rain and Vandals





ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 23:  Simon Dys...

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Simon Dyson of England got off to a good start in his quest for his a Dutch Open title on Thursday but the opening round will be completed today because of Thursday’s rain.

The tournament started 45 minutes later because staff was fixing the damage done by vandals on four greens at the iconic Hilversum Club course. And after that, torrential rain caused the three‐hour delay.

Unperturbed by the delay, Simon Dyson who was the Dutch Open champion in 2006 and 2009 made five birdies, and eagle and two bogeys and to claim the lead over Marcel Siem of Germany who made four birdies, an eagle and one bogey.

England’s Robert Dinwiddie ended up with a four- under in third place.

Last year’s champion Martin Kaymer recorded a 4-over-par 74 while world number one Lee Westwood who won the title in 1999 began with back-to-back bogeys at the fifth and sixth holes but he righted himself with birdies on 7 and 8 before the tournament was interrupted because of the rain.

U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland managed just eight holes before the rain hit again and finished at one-over-par, abandoning his dream of getting closer to Lee Westwood after this tournament.

The KLM Open attracted many viewers as the FedEx Cup playoffs are currently on a break, with the BMW Championship set for September 15.