Paul Casey reached a European Tour milestone on Sunday, winning for the 15th time on that circuit at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Casey, who won his first Euro Tour title 20 years at the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship, is the 18th golfer to reach win No. 15.
“Fifteen wins is pretty cool,” said Casey after his round. “I’m all emotional with wins, but with this one. … this one is such a prestigious event, the history which is behind you, and I can see it from here with amazing winners, is basically a Who’s Who in world golf. Dubai have given so much to golf, European Tour golf in general and across the globe.”
It was his first time playing the Dubai Desert Classic in seven years. The victory should vault him back into the top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Omega Dubai Desert Classic: Leaderboard
Casey shot a third-round 64 to vault up the leaderboard and take a one-shot lead into the final round. He shot a final-round 70 to get to 17 under and won the event by four shots. Brandon Stone finished in second at 13 under. Robert Macintyre shot a 74 and finished third at 12 under. Laurie Cantor and Kalle Samooja finished tied for fifth at 10 under.
Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia and Bernd Wiesberger finished T-6 at 9 under. Tyrrell Hatton, who won the Euro Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship a week ago, finished T-22 at 5 under.
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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