AUGUSTA angst was replaced by Malaysian magic as York’s star golfer Simon Dyson returned to a more profitable groove.
The man, whose return to competitive action after three weeks away following the arrival of his first-born child pitched him into the cauldron of the Masters at Augusta National, revelled in solid form in the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open yesterday.
Dyson’s anguish in Augusta saw him miss the cut after he totalled six-over-par and five-over rounds on the opening two days of the first major of the season.
But at Kuala Lumpur Country Club, Dyson went into today’s second round tied for 15th place.
The world number 36 shook off the sorry start of a dropped shot on the opening hole to finish with a three-under-par 69.
That opening deficit was quickly turned into a profit when he had successive birdies on the third and fourth holes.
The 34-year-old Dyson, who has six title wins on the European Tour, then made further inroads with a birdie on the par-three 15th before he gained another shot with a three on the par-four 17th.
South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel was the first-day leader, his eight under 64 putting him a shot clear of his nearest challenger, India’s leading player Jeev Milkha Singh.