Kingston returns to form

James Kingston was pleased with his share of sixth in the KLM Open after closing with a tournament score of seven-under-par at Hilversumsche Golf Club in the Netherlands on Sunday.

Kingston shot 66 for his first and third rounds, but carded three-over-par 73 on Sunday and slid down the leaderboard, finishing five strokes short of winner Simon Dyson.

An 11-time tournament winner who has been off his game recently, Kingston will welcome this result and the € 45,240 cheque. “I’ve been struggling for the last few months, but I’m hoping to end the season well,” he said.

Kingston enjoyed a third-round lead with a tally of 200 strokes through 54 holes, but dropped from 10-under with his disappointing final round.

Englishman Simon Dyson caught the competition with a trio of birdies from 12 to 14 before snatching victory with a birdie on the 18th.

Kingston, pressurised from turning at two-over, could not respond and closed his round with a pair of bogeys on the 16th and 17th for his six-way share of sixth place.

Thomas Aiken received a much smaller piece of the pie after tying for 34th at three-under. His final-round 68 recovered much lost ground for Aiken, who moved 11 spots up the leaderboard on the final day.

Louis Oosthuizen and Shaun Norris both failed to make the cut due to high first rounds. Below-par second rounds from both players could not rescue an opening 75 from Oosthuizen and 77 from Norris.

Kingston will be pleased with this return to form, and has a week to prepare for the Austrian Open while the Europeans play the Vivendi Seve Trophy in France.

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