Paul Casey captured The Irish Open title at Carton House Golf Course with a brilliant closing round in tough conditions of -5 under par 67 for total of -14 under par and a three shot win.
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Paul returned to form in sensational style since his problems with form and fitness since winning his last European Tour title two and a half years ago. He really enjoyed the sweet redemption;
“It’s incredibly sweet, it’s been a while and when that putt went in half of it was relief and half of it was satisfaction. What a grandstand finish, winning an Irish open is an absolute dream. I was feeling wet when it rained. It was a shaky start, I didn’t hit the ball particularly close going out but when the putts did start to go in I got on a bit of a roll. I love playing in Ireland, I always have. The Irish Open has great history, just looking at Seve’s name on the trophy. We’ve had some interesting weather but they’ve turned out as Irish fans always do and I love playing in front of Irish crowds, I’m looking forward to coming back.”
Overnight leader Dutchman Joost Luiten, struggled in the final round carding a +3 over par 74, to tie for second place with England’s Robert Rock, both players finished on -11 under par. Joost was happy to finish in second place;
“All in all, a good week, second place is always good, but if you go in the last round as the leader, you want to have more, but sometimes you can’t.”
Robert said he wanted to win, but it was a good performance;
“It’s as good as I’ve done in a while. When you’re that close, you want to win, but Paul played the better golf around the important part of the day where the rain came down. There were some shots I should have played better; things to work on.”
Spain’s Pablo Larrazábal finished fourth place, after a closing +4 over par 75, with former Ryder Cup captain José María Olazábal a shot further back in a share of fifth position on-8 under par, with Shane Lowery, Gareth Shaw, Alvaro Quiros and Rafa Cabrera-Bello.