Jan 30th, 2021
Casey storms into lead in Dubai
Englishman finishes birdie-eagle to take one shot lead
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The Englishman will go in search of his 15th European Tour title after matching the lowest round of the week to get to fifteen-under-par and lead by one from Scotland's Robert MacIntyre.
“It was the perfect club. It always helps when you have a nice number in there. It's a glorious finish," Casey said of his eagle at the last.
"I said to Johnny on the fairway there, that was a cool-looking shot when Monty hit a driver off the deck without the skyline you get now, and it might be cooler now with the skyline. It's one of the iconic shots in golf, isn't it? To have a perfect three iron in there and finish off with an eagle is pretty cool."
The 24-year-old MacIntyre is aiming to win in consecutive seasons after claiming his maiden victory at the 2020 Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open, and a strong finish at Emirates Golf Club could propel him into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.
Three-time European Tour winner Brandon Stone of South Africa is a shot further back on thirteen-under-par, with Major winner and 2017 Omega Dubai Desert Classic champion Sergio Garcia at ten-under-par alongside Englishman Laurie Canter.
Finland’s Kalle Samooja is then at nine-under-par, with Major winner and Olympic Gold Medallist Justin Rose, South African Justin Harding and Thomas Detry of Belgium rounding out the top ten on Pink Saturday, as players, caddies, officials, staff and volunteers donned pink to raise awareness for breast cancer research in association with the Al Jalila Foundation.