Casey Win At Abu Dhabi

By: Reuters
By: Reuters

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Briton Paul Casey survived a momentary lapse of concentration coming down the stretch to win the Abu Dhabi Championship by one shot on Sunday.

The Englishman, leading by six shots at the turn, parred the closing hole to beat his playing partner Martin Kaymer of Germany and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen.

Casey, who also won the event in 2007, closed with a two-under-par 70 to go 21 under par for the tournament, a record which beat the previous best of 20 under par posted by American Chris DiMarco, the winner of the inauguration edition in 2006.

Defending champion Kaymer raised the prospect of a thrilling finish when he eagled the 72nd hole to match Oosthuizen's tournament total of 20 under par but Casey held his nerve and comfortably two-putted for a par from 15 yards to seal the title.

Casey reeled off successive birdies in the opening two holes and extended his overnight lead of four shots to six when he picked up three more shots before dropping a bogey on the par-four 11th.

Back-to-back bogeys on the 13th and 14th further narrowed the gap to one shot as Oosthuizen, playing two groups behind, piled the pressure on the leader with a superb 64 which featured four birdies in each half.

Kaymer, who carded a final-round 67, kept alive his hopes of making it two in a row by making the turn at three-under-par 33 but the 24-year-old German failed to pick up any more shots before his stunning eagle on the closing hole.

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