Dyson rallies on final day
Article posted: 22 July 2012
I played really nice, considering how I felt
Simon Dyson overcame illness to close the third major championship of the year, the Open, with a level par 70.
Finishing tied 23rd, the six-time European Tour winner, who has been suffering with a heavy cold, was pleased with his performance on the final day at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
"I played really nice, considering how I felt," said Dyson, who was joined on two over by Matt Baldwin. "I feel terrible, worse than I was on Saturday.
"But 16 pars, one birdie, one bogey, is pretty steady going in that wind.
"I'm really pleased how I've played this week and now I've got a couple of nice tournaments to look forward to."
Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 champion, finished tied 19th on one over, while Lee Westwood and Joost Luiten were both inside the top 50.
The world number three was philosophical after struggling to find his best form in Lancashire.
"I didn't have much of a game coming in here, so I didn't expect too much," said Westwood.
"You need breaks at an Open and I just hit too many bad shots."
"You'd like to be coming in ripping it, with every part of your game in good shape but you have to make do with what you've got.
"I feel pretty calm at majors. I've given myself a lot of chances and nearly won quite a few.
"I'm looking forward to playing in the States again. I'm not doing it for the sake of it. Playing over there should have a big effect.
"And rarely do I get in bad moods. If you play golf long enough you have to be phlegmatic about it."
Elsewhere, Jeev Milkha Singh and Branden Grace were tied 69th and tied 77th respectively.
"Even though I would have loved to finish better, I must say I loved every moment of the Open," Singh wrote on Twitter. "I can't wait to get back.
"And I just cannot thank everyone enough for the support. This week was amazing with so many people wishing me to do well. Thank you all."