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Vandals delay KLM Open; Dyson leads

England’s Simon Dyson shot an opening round 5-under 65 Thursday to tie for the lead with German Marcel Siem at the KLM Open in Holland on a day marred by torrential rainfall and vandalism.

In addition to the inclement weather, play was delayed for 45 minutes after vandals dug up parts of the 4th, 5th, 6th and 9th greens at Hilversumsche Golf Club on Wednesday night.

The championship director Daan Slooter said: "At this moment we do not know who caused the damage. For this evening and the rest of the tournament we have increased security substantially.

"I'm very disappointed for all the people here at the club who worked so hard over the past few days, through challenging weather conditions, to ensure the course was in playable condition.

"However, having said that, the same professionalism of the green keepers has ensured that the damage has been repaired so the tournament can go ahead. They are all due a huge vote of thanks."

Two-time champion Dyson, who is seeking his second title of the year following his triumph at the Irish Open in July said: "That's probably the wettest course I've ever played but this tournament is always good to me.

"My best finish on the order of merit is eighth and I'd love to beat that."

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