Jan 31st, 2021
Casey wins Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Englishman cruises to his 15th European Tour title
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The Englishman started the day one stroke ahead of Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre but increased his advantage to two strokes after birdies on the 3rd and 4th holes.
The 43-year-old finished the front nine in level par after bogeys on the sixth and eighth holes but three consecutive bogeys from the seventh hole ended MacIntyre’s title tilt.
Casey steadied the ship with gains at the 11th and 13th holes and a closing birdie saw him sign for a final round of 70 and a total of seventeen-under-par, finishing four strokes ahead of South African Brandon Stone.
“I'm so over the moon. Not just 15 [victories]. The fact it's Dubai. It's an iconic event on The European Tour. You guys all know that. One of the coolest trophies around" said Casey
“You know, and kind of the fact that last year, we're still in the middle of a pandemic, last year was just, you know, like a lot of people, rubbish. I didn't enjoy last year. This year is still, obviously, we're still difficult times, isn't it. But yeah, something very cool because it's not been great. I've not enjoyed my golf -- I didn't enjoy my golf in 2020. I mean, I played well one week but that was about it. So this is, yeah, this is really cool."
MacIntyre signed for a twelve-under-par total, two strokes ahead of England’s Laurie Canter and Kalle Samooja of Finland.
The win propels Casey inside the Top fifteen of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since December 2019 as he joins former and current European Ryder Cup Captains Thomas Bjorn and Padraig Harrington - who finished in a tie for sixth at nine-under-par alongside Sergio Garcia and Bernd Wiesberger - on 15 European Tour titles.