Friday, 19 March 2010
Omega European Masters - Round One  (Getty Images)
Omega European Masters - Round One (Getty Images)

Simon Dyson holds a two shot clubhouse lead at the opening round of the Omega European Masters following an eight under par 63.

The KLM Open winner heads Miguel Angel Jiménez, Christian Nilsson, Thongchai Jaidee and Anders Romero, who all signed for six under par rounds at Crans-sur-Sierre.

Dyson’s success in The Netherlands two weeks ago was his first for three years but the 31 year old put himself right in contention again in Switzerland with a round that included two eagles - at the par five first and 15th.

The quartet two shots behind him carded rounds of 65 at the picturesque Crans-sun-Sierre course in the Swiss Alps.

This is the first qualifying event for next year's Ryder Cup match against the Americans at The Celtic Manor Resort and even at 45 Jiménez has ambitions to keep his place in Europe's Team.

He and Romero, back from the States after failing to qualify for the FedEx Cup play-offs, were playing partners and they had 13 birdies between them.

Jiménez had the edge in that department, but also had the only dropped shot at the difficult short 16th.

“This is my 21st year here but i have never won. I finished second a few times and a lot of top tens but never gone all the way,” said the Spaniard. “I do feel comfortable here. It's a nice place, very relaxing and it's a golf course where you have to hit the ball straight and control the game overall.”

Romero added: “I haven't been playing well for a while now but i seem to have rediscovered my confidence and i am really happy with six under.”

Challenge Tour graduate Nilsson carded six birdies in a bogey-free round, but revealed afterwards he had been battling a pain in his appendix all day.

“When I came to the course this morning I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to play because I had a lot of pain in my appendix area,” he said. “I'm not sure what it is yet but the doctor told me that I should be alright to play so I tried.

“The first couple of holes weren't great but it got better as I went on and I just hope that I can play tomorrow. I have had the pain since yesterday - I couldn't practice at all yesterday and then on the range this morning it was quite bad but I tried to play and it worked well.”

Thailand’s Jaidee, a member of The European Tour and the Asian Tour who are co-sanctioning this event, joined the group on six under with a fine afternoon round which included five birdies in a front nine 31.

Earlier Chris Wood burst out of the blocks in superb fashion - but then reckoned tiredness caught up with him.

At six under par after just 11 holes the 21 year old from Bristol, third in The Open Championship in July, led by two.

But Wood covered the remaining seven holes in one over and slipped one behind Spaniard Jiménez, Sweden’s Nilsson and Argentina's Romero by one.

After injuring his back during the US PGA Championship - his first Major in America - last month the six foot five inch Wood has been working hard on his fitness.

"I've had two 12-hour days here and I got a little bit tired towards the end I think," he said. "It's only going to help me and it's got to be done - my goals are long-term."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1NOREN, AlexanderSWE18-20
2DREDGE, BradleyWAL18-18
3McGOWAN, RossENG18-17
4JIMÉNEZ, Miguel AngelESP18-15
5JAIDEE, ThongchaiTHA18-14
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