Paul Casey ties the title in Dubai

The Englishman has an excellent record in the United Arab Emirates, with victories in Abu Dhabi in 2007 and 2009, and now triumphing at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai.

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The British Paul Casey kept his most immediate rivals at bay, covered the last round with 70 strokes (two under par) and sentenced the victory in his favor with a total of 271 impacts, four less than the South African Brandon Stone, to rise winner of the Dubai Desert Classic, a tournament on the European Golf Circuit, where he has already held 15 titles.

The Englishman has an excellent track record in the United Arab Emirates, with victories in Abu Dhabi in 2007 and 2009, and now triumphing at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. The gap was narrowed in the final holes, but the 43-year-old was never in danger, and achieved a triumph that returns him to the top 20 in the world golf rankings. Casey had commented this week on his desire to participate for the fifth time in the Ryder Cup in September, and this victory allows him to match captains Thomas Bjrn and Padraig Harrington in terms of victories on the European Tour.

The triumph also allows him to beat the count of three-time Race to Dubai champion, Rory McIlroy, and has the English players already 350 victories on the European Tour. "It's very, very special," said an excited Casey coming off the 18th green. "It's an incredible list (of winners). It's great, I've worked really hard," he said. "I feel that I have regained my youth, I mean it sincerely," he said, referring to his 43 years.

Casey had finished leading on matchday three with a formidable 64-stroke card. This Sunday he achieved five "birdies" but marred the day with three "bogeys", which were nonetheless enough to sign up for the tournament. Stone made the par for the course, with four "bogeys" and four other "birdies" to finish second (275), with a stroke of advantage over the Scot Robert Macintyre.The best Spaniard was Sergio García, with 279 strokes, eight behind the winner, tied with two other players for seventh position. García, as in the second day, repeated 73 blows, one over par. Adri Arnaus finished with 280, Rafa Cabrera Bello, with 285, Nacho Elvira, with 289, as well as Pablo Larrazabal and Adrián Otaegui. Further down, with 295, Miguel Angel Jiménez finished.



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