Irish Open: Paul Casey fired a 67 to win the tournament by three shots
Last Updated: 30/06/13 7:05pm
Paul Casey: Picked up his first title in over two years
Paul Casey holed a monster putt for eagle at the final hole to secure victory in the Irish Open at Carton House.
The Englishman, whose last of 11 European Tour wins came early in 2011, carded a second successive round of 67 in difficult conditions to finish on -14 and win by three shots.
GB & Ire unless stated
-14 P Casey
-11 J Luiten (Ned)
-11 R Rock
-9 P Larrazabal (Spa)
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Starting the final round four behind leader Joost Luiten, Casey had a golden patch of five birdies in the space of six holes from the eighth to take command of the tournament.
By the end of the run he was three clear of the pack with Luiten's challenge subsiding as he failed to conjure a single birdie until the final hole that gave him a share of second place with Robert Rock.
Casey briefly opened the door for his rivals by giving shots back at 15 and 16, but a solid par at the short 17th followed by that putt at the last ensured the former Ryder Cup winner would be celebrating for the first time since Bahrain 29 months ago.
Rock had a solid 71 without threatening to lift the famous trophy - successive birdies at 17 and 18 earning him a tidy sum.
Neither Luiten (74) nor playing partner Pablo Larrazabal could get anything going in the windy and occasionally rainy conditions - the Spaniard picking up his solitary birdie at the ninth in a round of 75.
Only veteran Jose Maria Olazabal emerged from the pack to challenge for the lead, briefly going to the top of the leaderboard with his fourth birdie of the day at the 10th.
However, amid a period of particularly foul weather the Ryder Cup winning captain backed away with successive bogeys before two further dropped shots coming home saw him sign for a level-par 72 and a tie for fifth.
Also at -8 were fellow Spaniards Alvaro Quiros and Rafa Cabrera-Bello plus former winner Shane Lowry and Northern Ireland's Gareth Shaw.