Sunday, 07 March, 2021


Paul Casey: "Dubai, I'm so over the moon"

Paul Casey Casey wins the Dubai Desert Classic
Noah Ferguson | 02 February, 2021, 19:40

England's Laurie Canter closed his 72 with back-to-back birdies to tie for the fourth at 10-under par with Finland's Kalle Samooja.

It was his first time playing the Dubai Desert Classic in seven years.

It was Casey's 15th title on the European Tour, but the first since the 2019 European Open which was also his last tournament victory anywhere.

"A ideal 3-iron", the 27th-ranked Casey said with a smile.

Casey is understood to be aggrieved that his eighth-place in last week's American Express Championship in California did not count in the world rankings list because it was opposite the Abu Dhabi Championship, a Rolex Series event. The veteran Irishman played nicely, himself, on the Majlis Course recording a tie for sixth on nine-under following a 70 for his best placing in nearly three years.

He made a birdie on the par-five third hole, then chipped-in from a terrible lie on the par-three fourth for an unlikely birdie.

"I was just trying to keep my nose clean". 'The key moments on the back nine for me were the birdie putt on hole 11 and a big bogey putt on 15 a hole which I'd played rubbish all week.

MacIntyre, who started the day in second, said he was disappointed with his round and dismissed the suggestion that it had been a learning experience.

"Not right now, I am not learning anything", MacIntyre said. I always like to learn from the guys I play against and compete with and against.

'After the first six holes today I'm 3-over par and I didn't really think about winning the tournament anymore, it felt like I was doing a couple rounds with Mike Tyson. I did what I needed to do."The victory boosts Casey's chances of being named in the team for September's Ryder Cup and captain Padraig Harrington was waiting at the finish to congratulate him on his victory but the Englishman says he wants to win his place in the team on merit.Casey, who has appeared in four Ryder Cups, said: "There's a long way to go".

"It would be unbelievable to get into the top-50, but again, it's not done till the 25th of March and I have a lot to do".

Next week is the third straight event in the Middle East for the Euro Tour at the Saudi International at Royal Greens G&CC in Saudi Arabia.

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