Published: Tue, February 02, 2021
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Paul Casey lands milestone 15th European Tour win at Dubai Desert Classic

Paul Casey lands milestone 15th European Tour win at Dubai Desert Classic

Paul Casey left behind one of the unhappiest years of his golfing career by capturing his first title since 2019 with a four-stroke win at the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday.

Ranked 27th in the world, he is expected to improve to No. 14 when the new rankings are released on Monday.

"I am not anxious about him for sure", added the Dubliner, who was at the 18th green to offer his congratulations, quickly shrugging off a poor putting performance on US Open-style greens.

"The whole of 2020 was very odd, still is very unusual, and I'm very, very thankful to be able to do what I do and still be out here playing golf".

The Dubliner finished on nine under par, eight shots behind Casey after shooting a final round of 70.

The 43-year-old also boosted his chances to make a fifth Ryder Cup appearance in September, with the Dubai triumph tying him with 2018 European captain Thomas Bjorn and current skipper Padraig Harrington for Tour wins.

"But when I go away, I will learn a lot".

"(On the third) obviously it was a tough lie in the rough but I should have had a better chip from there and then obviously that 3-putt was just unacceptable. I always like to learn from the guys I play against and compete with and against. Stone drove right up to the 17th green and got up and down for a birdie but a two putt gain on the last restored Casey's four shot cushion.

England's Laurie Canter (72) closed with back-to-back birdies to tie for fourth at 10-under par with Finland's Kalle Samooja (71). MacIntyre placed third after a 74. When I spoke to the rules officials they said I did everything I could.

Patrick Reed and Carlos Ortiz will take a share of the lead into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Harrington could only be pleased with the outcome, having said on the eve of the final round that Casey "should be a stalwart of the side". I felt great throughout the day.

Ryder Cup player Reed eagled the sixth and birdied the seventh and although he gave one back at the next he got it straight back at the ninth to go out in 33. In all he carded five birdies, including one at the last, and three bogeys in breezy conditions.

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