2006: PGA European - Dyson’s good year gets better

Zandvoort, Netherlands

Simon Dyson says he’s a changed man from last year, and he owes it all to . . . nagging?

Dyson credited his victory at the KLM Open Aug. 13, his second of the season, to a new philosophy and a lot of bickering from those close to him.

“I am a different player and a different person compared to last year and it has just been down to hard work and constant nagging from my coach and parents,” Dyson told PA Sport.

Dyson took home the first prize of 266,660 euros when he rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the first sudden-death playoff hole to beat Australia’s Richard Green. Both finished at 14-under 270.

Green, who broke the course record with a 62 in the third round, said he couldn’t have done much differently.

“I’ve given it as good an effort over the weekend as I could and I know I’m now playing good enough to win another tournament soon,” said Green, who will play in this week’s PGA Championship. Green shot 65 Sunday.

Dyson, 28, says the advice from his coach and family, along with a new work regimen, have changed his golf mindset.

“I’ve dedicated myself a lot better this year,” Dyson told PA Sport. “I’ve been working out in the gym and also working a lot with (psychologist) Jamil Qureshi.

“I used to get annoyed a lot and it would cost me shots but now you almost wouldn’t know if I’d made bogey or missed a short birdie putt.”

Dyson closed with 66, carding consecutive birdies at Nos. 15-17, and moved to 14th on the European Tour’s Order of Merit.

“It feels fantastic,” Dyson said. “To win once is a great achievement, to do it again in the same year – it just keeps getting better and better. It has been a good year so far.”

Tough choices: Ian Woosnam only has one choice when it comes to his two Ryder Cup wild-card spots, since the Welshman already has decided on one pick.Woosnam’s dilemma is that he would love to select longtime friend Paul Broadhurst for the team to play at The K Club in September.

“I’ll be criticized if I pick him or if I don’t,” Woosnam said. “The trouble is that I have one person in mind already.”

Broadhurst played in the 1991 match at Kiawah Island, S.C., where he won both matches he played. He arrived in Holland just outside the automatic spots but missed the cut.

“I played shocking, absolute garbage,” Broadhurst said. “I’ve hit

the driver all over the place. I’ll try and see my coach Bob Torrance at the weekend and try and find a magic cure. If we can’t, there’s not much point in going over to the PGA. I’ve looked forward all year to it and now that it’s come around I’m playing like a pig.”

Short shots: Paul McGinley arrived at the KLM Open in the 10th and last automatic spot for European Ryder Cup qualification. However, the Irishman had little doubt that his place was in danger over the next few weeks. “I still think I need (200,000) more points,” said McGinley, who tied for 22nd at the KLM. “Someone is going to catch fire and jump from the pack.

But the ball is in my court.” McGinley had hoped to pick up points at the PGA Championship but withdrew to attend the funeral of Darren Clarke’s wife, Heather. . . . During the final round of the KLM, players wore black ribbons in honor of Heather Clarke, who died early Sunday morning from cancer.

– Alistair Tait and wire reports

On the tee

Next up: World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Aug. 24-27, Firestone Country Club (South Course), Akron, Ohio. Defending champion: Tiger Woods.

The buzz: The PGA Championship is the last event for players to earn a spot via the Official World Golf Ranking into the elite, limited-field tournament.

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