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Posted by: Adam Smith on Mon 31 Jan 2011
Paul Casey has ended a run of 20 months without a tour title by capturing the Volvo Golf Champions Tournament in Bahrain.
Casey was one of about six players in with a chance going down the stretch but need a par on the final hole after playing partner Peter Hanson bogeyed to give Casey the title on 20 under par.
A final day 68 from the Englishman was enough for the win and also enough to move him above Phil Mickelson and into fifth in the provisional World rankings.
"It is one of the toughest battles I've ever had," said the 33-year-old Casey of his drought, which stretches back to May 2009 and his victory at the PGA Championship at Wentworth.
"It feels fantastic - the most important thing to me is winning and that was huge. The goal is obviously the majors, but how are you going to win major championships if you can't win regular events?"
Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez was tied for second with Hanson after a final round 67 with Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher fourth.
The tournament itself was a first for the European Tour and Bahrain and it didn’t pass without its critics. Many players including Ian Poulter criticised the Colin Montgomerie course saying the greens weren’t up to scratch:
“Well the great news is I only have 18 more helter skelter greens to deal with before flying to Qatar thank god for that,” was one of the comments made on his Twitter page.
On the PGA Tour many of the big name players were back in action including Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
But it was big hitting Bubba Watson who beat the afore mentioned Mickelson to the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines by one shot by holing a 12 foot birdie putt on the last to move to 16 under forcing Mickelson to hole his eagle pitch to try and force a playoff.
Watson carded a final round 67 which included six birdies and one bogey after starting the day a shot behind overnight leader Mickelson.
"It means a lot," said a tearful Watson following the win. "I'll probably cry all day. Just like last time. My dad's not here. I love you mum."
Watson's father died of cancer a few months after his win at Hartford last year.
Woods had week to forget after he finished 15 shots back of Watson on one under. He said "I hit a lot of good shots early in the week, and then it progressively got worse."
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