Abu Dhabi Golf Tournament (15-18 Jan 2009), Wobbly Casey wins Abu Dhabi golf
19 Jan 09

Paul Casey had enough strokes in the bank to withstand a late wobble and won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship for the second time in three years on Sunday.


The 31-year-old Englishman, who started the day with a four-stroke lead over defending champion Martin Kaymer, made three bogeys in four holes on the back nine, but four solid pars over the closing stretch gave him a one-stroke win over last year's champion Martin Kaymer and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen.


Casey closed with a two-under-par 70 for a total of 21-under 267.


Oosthuizen, who started seven behind the leader, shot a final-round 64 to move to 268, where he was joined by Kaymer when the German knocked in an eagle putt of 30 feet on the 18th hole.


England's Anthony Wall shot his third 67 in four days to finish alone in fourth place at 270. World number four Padraig Harrington, winner of both the Open and PGA Championship last year, was tied for fifth at 271 with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Swede Johan Edfors. Harrington closed with a 66, McIlroy 65 and Edfors 67.


World no 2 Sergio Garcia matched Oosthuizen’s low round of the day –a 64- to improve the tied eigth place at 272.


The new back tee at the third hole has added an extra 20 yards to the already lengthy layout that measures 7,500 yards. The improvements also include a bigger spectator village and enhanced sponsors’ area and car parking.


Comments by the players:


Paul Casey: "This is perhaps the most satisfying of all my wins. This certainly takes some weight off my shoulders and is a payoff for all the hard work I put in during the break. I started off great but it was tricky coming in. The greens were exceptionally difficult to read.”. “This is a difficult golf course and to be honest, I felt like I maybe got away with one today because I didn’t hit the ball particularly well but I putted very nicely, holed the putts when I needed to. “


Padraig Harrington: “ I’ve done quite nicely in Abu Dhabi. I like the course and I do feel it’s one I’m competitive on. I believe Abu Dhabi is moving in the right direction in terms of golfing excellence. The standard of the National course is top-class- the conditions are as good as they can be and the course was a joy to play”.


Sergio Garcia: “Playing in Abu Dhabi is always exciting. The course is fantastic and the competition is always very intense”.


Graham Storm: “ It’s a great golf course. I’m reading the green a little bit better than I did last year. Im driving the ball pretty straight too”

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