Delight for Dyson in Indonesia

Sun 05 Mar 2006

Delight for Dyson in Indonesia

Jakarta, March 5: Englishman Simon Dyson held off a charging Andrew Buckle of Australia with a five-under-par 67 to lift the US$1 million Enjoy Jakarta HSBC Indonesia Open on Sunday.

Dyson scored an impressive four-day total of 20-under-par 268 and walked away with US$166,660 while Buckle closed with a 69, which included a costly quadruple bogey eight, and finished two strokes back.

Thai ace Thongchai Jaidee, a two-time Asian Tour number one, made a late comeback when he fired a 68 to finish tied third alongside Chinese Taipei’s Wang Ter-chang, who signed off with a 70, six strokes behind the winner.

Aussie duo of Scott Strange and Matthew Millar shared fifth place while India’s Shiv Kapur, last season’s Volvo Masters of Asia champion, fired a 71 for tied seventh place alongside Irishman David Higgins.

Dyson was delighted to triumph as his career skyrocketed in Asia in 2000 when he won the Order of Merit with three wins. His fourth career title was sweet as it also was his maiden European Tour success in the Enjoy Jakarta HSBC Indonesia Open which was jointly sanctioned by both Tours.

The Yorkshireman, who has battled a series of injuries since his success in Asia said, said: "It’s been a long time coming. It was a couple of years ago I thought it might never happen. But this year I thought it could more than any other year and to do so early on and get the result, I can’t put it into words how good it feels."

The final round, which was suspended for two hours due to lightning at 1:16pm, was a neck and neck battle as Dyson and Buckle, the co-overnight leaders, fought doggedly.

Both players birdied the first and third holes before Buckle edged ahead with a birdie at the fifth hole. The lead was a brief one as the Aussie crumbled with a disastrous quadruple bogey on the par four sixth hole.

Dyson said: "We both got off to great starts. And then I don’t know what happened on six (when he made an eight) to him really. He didn’t hit that bad a drive but the rough seemed to pull his six iron left and he was dead. He made and eight from nowhere and all of a sudden, I was ahead.

"I was in a rhythm there but the rain delay knocked me back a bit. I was still getting pars but I wasn't striking it as well as I did the front nine."

Buckle was disappointed to have come so close to his first title on the Asian Tour. He rued his costly mistake on the sixth. “My tee shot was not too bad, it went a bit to the left and landed into the rough and then it didn’t bounce out of the rough and it landed on top of an old divot. I took two more shots to get out of it,” said Buckle.

From then onwards, Dyson stepped up a gear and although Buckle regained his composure with a birdie at the seventh hole, the champion kept his date with destiny, an eagle at the par five seventh keeping him well ahead.

“The eagle was one of the best shots I have ever hit. I had 242 yards to the flag and I hit a five wood to a foot,” said Dyson.

Both players were on the ninth hole when play was suspended and upon resumption, Buckle chased hard and narrowed the gap to two strokes with birdies on 11 and 12. After missing birdie chances on 14 and 15, Buckle soon ran out of holes.

“I told myself to try and make a game of it. I was only four strokes behind and I was hitting the ball well. I had my chances on the 14th and 15th holes, but this is golf,” said Buckle.

Dyson holed a massive 15 foot birdie putt at the 17th to solidify his win with a two stroke lead.

Thongchai failed to raise a title charge after negotiating the front nine in even par. After the resumption of play, his game lit up with birdies on the 11th and12th holes and he cruised home with a birdie on the 17th and 18th holes.

 Scott Strange“I was consistent on the front nine but could not make birdie,” said Thongchai who enjoyed a bogey free round. “My game was much stronger after the break as I had a good rest and was very relaxed. On the front nine I struggled with my putts,” he said.

Kapur was hoping to be in the thick of battle but a cold putter meant being out of contention. “You can always have those kind of weeks but overall my game feels good and hopefully I can get the putter sorted out and get it ready for next week,” said Kapur.

Last year's winner Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand ended his campaign with a 70 for tied 19th place on 280.

The Enjoy Jakarta HSBC Indonesia Open is co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours.

Crowds at the Enjoy Jakarta HSBC Indonesia Open 2006Leading final round scores

268 - Simon Dyson (ENG) 66-68-67-67

270 - Andrew Buckle (AUS) 67-69-65-69

274 - Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 66-68-72-68, Wang Ter-Chang (TPE) 66-68-70-70

275 - Scott Strange (AUS) 71-67-70-67, Matthew Millar (AUS) 71-66-70-68

277 - Shiv Kapur (IND) 72-68-66-71, David Higgins (IRL) 66-71-69-71

278 - Steven O'Hara (SCO) 71-71-70-66, Brad Kennedy (AUS) 67-72-73-66, Jose Manuel Lara (ESP) 70-72-69-67, Anders Hansen (DEN) 69-69-70-70, Peter Gustafsson (SWE) 72-65-70-71, Terry Pilkadaris (AUS) 72-68-68-70, Lu Wei-Chih (TPE) 71-70-66-71

279 - Andrew Marshall (ENG) 73-67-71-68, Thammanoon Srirot (THA) 68-69-72-70, Stephen Dodd (WAL) 69-63-74-73, 280 - Leif Westerberg (SWE) 70-67-76-67, Liang Wen-Chong (CHN) 68-73-72-67, Garry Houston (WAL) 72-69-71-68, Sam Little (ENG) 70-69-72-69, Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 72-67-71-70, Anthony Kang (USA) 67-70-71-72, Steven Jeppesen (SWE) 67-72-69-72, Rahil Gangjee (IND) 69-67-71-73