Final Note from Dunhill Links: A Stellar Day for Dyson

Six birdies in the first seven holes?

When you get off to that kind of start you're pretty much golden... and that was Simon Dyson today, grabbing the lead early from Luke Donald.

Mr. Dyson's six-under-par 66 and 20-under 268 total put him three strokes ahead of Rory McIlroy and Oliver Wilson to win at St. Andrews today. And this win was all the more significant for the understated Englishman, because it comes just seven weeks after his Dutch Open win, and at what many Europeans players view as their "fifth major".

It was a much darker day for Luke Donald whose dream of ending a three and a half year winless run died a quick death this morning. Well at least he has his gorgeous Greek-American wife Diane to go home to... and those natty, tartan trousers.

As for young Mr. McIlroy, with today's tie for second he finds himself, at age 20, atop the European Tour Money List and in the Race to Dubai lead. I'm sure that made a nice birthday bonus for his Dad who turns 50 today.

Right about now these guys should all be leaving the Home of Golf and boarding planes for Spain or San Francisco. Taking their triumphs... or disappointments... with them.