Omega Dubai Desert Classic R3

Casey produces big finish to edge ahead in Dubai

January 28 – 31
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
$3,250,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2021 R3 - Casey produces big finish to edge ahead in Dubai
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Paul Casey produced a stunning birdie-eagle finish in a bogey free round of 64 to take a one shot lead into the final day of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.


“It’s a glorious finish. I said to Johnny on the fairway there, that was a cool-looking shot when Monty hit a driver off the deck without the skyline you get now, and it might be cooler now with the skyline. It’s one of the iconic shots in golf, isn’t it. To have a perfect three iron in there and finish off with an eagle is pretty cool.

“I mean, you can never say flawless, can you, because there’s always errors but it was very controlled. Really enjoyable round of golf, challenging yet at the same time with a little bit of wind here and there. I’ve been very fortunate. The strong asset I have in this game is the way I drive it, the length. The game has gone more and more towards length, and I’m fortunate that I’m still able to lean on that strength and compete out here.”



The Englishman will go in search of his 15th European Tour title after matching the lowest round of the week to get to 15 under par and lead by one from Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre. The 24 year old is aiming to win in consecutive seasons after claiming his maiden victory at the 2020 Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open, and a strong finish at Emirates Golf Club could propel him into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.

“I played great golf,” said MacIntyre. “I controlled my golf ball I think as good as I have all week. The wind was up more today. I was patient, and committed to every shot. That’s something I struggled with last year. But this year, it’s been drilled into me by many people: Accept what comes. Just control what you can control. And it’s working well.


“It’s as high as it’s ever been. I’m driving it great. Three wood, five wood, new clubs in the bag, they have been absolutely brilliant. And I’m striking it. I really am striking my irons as well as I struck it late last year. Looking forward to tomorrow and see what it brings.

“Same as always, go for it. I’m not going to hang about. I’m going to put it all on the line whether it’s good or bad. But tomorrow, hopefully it’s going to be good and I’ve just got to enjoy it again. It’s another experience that I want to get, you know what I mean. It’s something that not many people get the chance at my age to do, and I’ll give it everything I’ve got. It would be unbelievable. Still a long way to go, 18 holes. I’m just focused on the tee shot off the first tomorrow.”


Three-time European Tour winner Brandon Stone of South Africa is a shot further back on 13 under par, with Major winner and 2017 Omega Dubai Desert Classic champion Sergio Garcia at ten under par alongside Englishman Laurie Canter.

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“Just solid golf all the way around to be fair,” said Stone. “Drove the ball really nicely all day. Managed to hole some nice putts on the front nine, which always gets the adrenaline and momentum going. Felt very calm and collected all day. Hit the ball fantastically well. Felt like I was putting for birdie on almost every hole, so whenever that’s the case, you’re always going to figure like there’s a low number in you.

“The list of illustrious winners that has won here before is obviously incredible, but at the same time the golf course has its own history and the event itself has that prestige around it. You always want to be playing against the best players, but you want to be playing on the best courses and winning the best tournaments, and I’ve given myself the opportunity to do that tomorrow.”



Finland’s Kalle Samooja is then at nine under par, with Major winner and Olympic Gold Medallist Justin Rose, South African Justin Harding and Thomas Detry of Belgium rounding out the top ten on Pink Saturday, as players, caddies, officials, staff and volunteers donned pink to raise awareness for breast cancer research in association with the Al Jalila Foundation.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Paul Casey
-15
67
70
64
201
2
Robert MacIntyre
-14
67
68
67
202
3
Brandon Stone
-13
70
67
66
203
T4
Laurie Canter
-10
70
68
68
206
T4
Sergio Garcia
-10
66
73
67
206
6
Kalle Samooja
-9
68
68
71
207
T7
Thomas Detry
-8
67
67
74
208
T7
Justin Harding
-8
66
70
72
208
T7
Justin Rose
-8
71
69
68
208
T10
Tommy Fleetwood
-7
68
68
73
209
T10
Padraig Harrington
-7
71
69
69
209
T10
Scott Jamieson
-7
70
71
68
209
T10
Mikko Korhonen
-7
70
67
72
209
T10
Alexander Levy
-7
70
68
71
209
T10
Shane Lowry
-7
70
72
67
209
T10
Lee Westwood
-7
69
68
72
209
T17
Rafa Cabrera Bello
-6
73
71
66
210
T17
Nicolas Colsaerts
-6
70
73
67
210
T17
Antoine Rozner
-6
70
71
69
210
T17
Shubhankar Sharma
-6
70
68
72
210
T17
Bernd Wiesberger
-6
73
68
69
210
T22
Adri Arnaus
-5
68
69
74
211
T22
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-5
70
71
70
211
T22
Tyrrell Hatton
-5
76
64
71
211
T22
Takumi Kanaya
-5
70
69
72
211
T22
David Lipsky
-5
72
71
68
211
T22
Guido Migliozzi
-5
71
67
73
211
T22
Justin Walters
-5
72
70
69
211
T29
Lucas Herbert
-4
74
66
72
212
T29
Kurt Kitayama
-4
65
72
75
212
T29
Wade Ormsby
-4
68
73
71
212
T29
Thomas Pieters
-4
71
73
68
212
T29
Matthias Schwab
-4
70
69
73
212
T29
Ashun Wu
-4
71
71
70
212
T35
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
-3
68
71
74
213
T35
Ryan Fox
-3
73
69
71
213
T35
Rasmus Højgaard
-3
72
72
69
213
T35
Martin Kaymer
-3
68
70
75
213
T35
Joost Luiten
-3
74
69
70
213
T35
Adrian Otaegui
-3
67
74
72
213
T35
Richard Sterne
-3
64
74
75
213
T42
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-2
74
70
70
214
T42
Steven Brown
-2
72
70
72
214
T42
Grant Forrest
-2
74
69
71
214
T42
Pablo Larrazabal
-2
70
73
71
214
T42
Jason Scrivener
-2
75
69
70
214
T42
Matt Wallace
-2
71
71
72
214
T42
Fabrizio Zanotti
-2
71
67
76
214
T49
Nino Bertasio
-1
75
68
72
215
T49
Alexander Björk
-1
71
71
73
215
T49
Dean Burmester
-1
72
72
71
215
T49
Andy Sullivan
-1
70
72
73
215
T49
Danny Willett
-1
74
69
72
215
T49
Jeff Winther
-1
69
75
71
215
T55
Ashley Chesters
E
72
72
72
216
T55
Ross Fisher
E
68
74
74
216
T55
Benjamin Hebert
E
72
72
72
216
T55
Marcus Kinhult
E
70
72
74
216
T59
Sean Crocker
1
71
73
73
217
T59
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
1
71
72
74
217
T59
Edoardo Molinari
1
76
67
74
217
T59
Renato Paratore
1
74
70
73
217
T59
Jayden Schaper
1
70
73
74
217
T59
Sami Valimaki
1
71
73
73
217
T65
George Coetzee
2
72
72
74
218
T65
Chris Wood
2
71
73
74
218
T67
Richie Ramsay
3
71
72
76
219
T67
Jordan Smith
3
71
73
75
219
T69
Miguel Angel Jiménez
4
74
70
76
220
T69
Collin Morikawa
4
71
73
76
220
71
Gavin Kyle Green
11
73
71
83
227
CUT
John Catlin
1
74
71
145
CUT
Victor Dubuisson
1
72
73
145
CUT
Oliver Fisher
1
71
74
145
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
1
71
74
145
CUT
Scott Hend
1
69
76
145
CUT
Andrew Johnston
1
73
72
145
CUT
David Langley
1
72
73
145
CUT
David Law
1
72
73
145
CUT
Victor Perez
1
72
73
145
CUT
Ian Poulter
1
76
69
145
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
2
72
74
146
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
2
74
72
146
CUT
Robert Karlsson
2
72
74
146
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
2
71
75
146
CUT
Søren Kjeldsen
2
72
74
146
CUT
Chris Paisley
2
73
73
146
CUT
Eduard Rousaud (a)
2
73
73
146
CUT
David Drysdale
3
73
74
147
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
3
74
73
147
CUT
Julien Guerrier
3
72
75
147
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
3
72
75
147
CUT
David Horsey
3
72
75
147
CUT
Romain Langasque
3
68
79
147
CUT
Zander Lombard
3
73
74
147
CUT
James Morrison
3
75
72
147
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
3
74
73
147
CUT
Haydn Porteous
3
76
71
147
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
3
72
75
147
CUT
Paul Waring
3
75
72
147
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
4
77
71
148
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
4
75
73
148
CUT
Aaron Rai
4
72
76
148
CUT
Sebastian Soderberg
4
74
74
148
CUT
David Hague
5
75
74
149
CUT
Graeme McDowell
5
76
73
149
CUT
Richard McEvoy
5
78
71
149
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
5
74
75
149
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
5
75
74
149
CUT
Matthew Southgate
5
74
75
149
CUT
Thomas Bjørn
6
74
76
150
CUT
Ernie Els
6
73
77
150
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
6
76
74
150
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
6
70
80
150
CUT
Min Woo Lee
6
75
75
150
CUT
Haotong Li
6
72
78
150
CUT
Julian Suri
6
72
78
150
CUT
Connor Syme
6
72
78
150
CUT
Jorge Campillo
7
77
74
151
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
7
75
76
151
CUT
Henrik Stenson
7
74
77
151
CUT
Garrick Higgo
8
76
76
152
CUT
David Howell
8
73
79
152
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
8
79
73
152
CUT
Curtis Knipes (a)
8
79
73
152
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
8
78
74
152
CUT
Ross McGowan
8
76
76
152
CUT
Oliver Wilson
9
76
77
153
CUT
Shergo Al Kurdi
11
76
79
155
CUT
Karim El Hali
16
82
78
160
WD
Robert Rock
3
75
75
WD
Andrea Pavan
5
57
57