April 13, 2006

Superstitious Dyson back in Asia with secret edge

By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - It was not only being back in Asia that
helped Simon Dyson card a five-under-par 67 at the China Open
on Thursday, but the superstitious Briton was in no mood to
reveal his secret.

The 28-year-old was disappointed with his performance in
the pro-am on Wednesday but an adjustment on the practice range
in the evening helped him to a share of second place after the
opening round of the $1.8 million tournament.

"I went back to the drawing board, went back to the range
for a couple of hours and found something," Dyson told

Asked what it was, however, and he would not elaborate.

"I'm not telling, I'm not saying a word," he said. "If I
tell you it won't work."

Dyson did admit to never using a number three ball, always
using the same marker and carrying a single pink tee since his
maiden European Tour victory at the Indonesia Open last month.

"I also use the same colored line on the ball all week," he
added. "It's not like I keep the same underwear or clothes.
It's never that bad. Just little things, I'm sure everyone out
here has something like that."

Dyson first came to international prominence with three
Asian Tour wins in 2000, including the China Open before it was
co-sanctioned by the European Tour.


That his first victory in more than five years on the
European Tour came in Asia last month was no surprise to the

"I don't think it's a coincidence, I feel like a different
person to when I'm back in Europe," he said.

"All my best results on the European Tour have been in Asia
as well, I'm just waiting for it to move to Asia full time," he

After his "golden period" in Asia in 2000, Dyson struggled
to make a similar impression back in Europe.

"That year I had out here, everything just seemed to happen
for me," he said. "I went to Europe thinking everything that it
would be pretty easy really.

"I kind of enjoyed myself maybe a bit too much."

That he was back on the practice range on Wednesday is
testament to his new-found maturity, something he said was
inspired by the success of his friends Kenneth Ferrie and Nick
Dougherty last season.

"You get in a rut where you're earning 150-160,000 pounds a
year and you find it acceptable and you're not pushing
yourself," he said.

"From mid-August last year I just totally changed
everything and started preparing for the future rather than
enjoying the present," he said.

Emulating Ferrie and Dougherty by spending time in the gym
has brought its rewards for Dyson.

"It's amazing that you wake every morning and feel how good
you feel," he said.