Omega Dubai Desert Classic R4

Casey claims title

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


Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2021 R4 - Casey claims Omega Dubai Desert Classic title
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Paul Casey stormed to a four-stroke victory at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, winning his 15 th European Tour title at the iconic Emirates Golf Club.


I’m so over the moon. Not just 15 [victories]. The fact it’s Dubai. It’s an iconic event on The European Tour. You guys all know that. One of the coolest trophies around.”

“You know, and kind of the fact that last year, we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, last year was just, you know, like a lot of people, rubbish. I didn’t enjoy last year. This year is still, obviously we’re still difficult times, isn’t it. But yeah, something very cool because it’s not been great. I’ve not enjoyed my golf — I didn’t enjoy my golf in 2020. I mean, I played well one week but that was about it. So this is, yeah, this is really cool.”



The Englishman started the day one stroke ahead of Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre but increased his advantage to two strokes after birdies on the third and fourth holes.

The 43-year-old finished the front nine in level par after bogeys on the sixth and eighth holes but three consecutive bogeys from the seventh hole ended MacIntyre’s title tilt.


Casey steadied the ship with gains at the 11th and 13th holes and a closing birdie saw him sign for a final round of 70 and a total of 17 under par, finishing four strokes ahead of South African Brandon Stone.

“It was tough. Didn’t look at scoreboards all day,” said Casey. “Got off to a great start. Really only hit one poor shot on the front nine and that was the 7-iron into the 8th I pulled into the bunker. But I walked to the 10th tee and said to Johnny, look, when you can say you’ve only hit one bad golf shot in nine holes, that’s pretty good. And then really only hit one more poor shot on the back nine and that was another 7-iron into the bank on 15.


“I didn’t look at the scoreboards until I got on to the 18th green and then I saw I had a three-shot margin there. It doesn’t really tell the full picture. It was a lot tougher out there.

“And, for the record, playing with Rob today, great player. He’s got a very strong possibility of being on Paddy’s Ryder Cup team come later this year. He was brilliant. So it doesn’t really paint the whole kind of picture.”

MacIntyre signed for a 12 under par total, two strokes ahead of England’s Laurie Canter and Kalle Samooja of Finland.



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“I fight till the end,” said MacIntyre. “It was the start I was looking for. I thought, here we go. Sometimes it doesn’t go for you, and today was one of them days. [Paul] was brilliant. Again, he stuck to his own game. He played great. He controlled himself. I’ve just got to look up to that and see what I can get to.”

The win propels Casey inside the Top 15 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since December 2019 as he joins former and current European Ryder Cup Captains Thomas Bjorn and Padraig Harrington – who finished in a tie for sixth at nine under par alongside Sergio Garcia and Bernd Wiesberger – on 15 European Tour titles.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Paul Casey
-17
67
70
64
70
271
2
Brandon Stone
-13
70
67
66
72
275
3
Robert MacIntyre
-12
67
68
67
74
276
T4
Laurie Canter
-10
70
68
68
72
278
T4
Kalle Samooja
-10
68
68
71
71
278
T6
Sergio Garcia
-9
66
73
67
73
279
T6
Padraig Harrington
-9
71
69
69
70
279
T6
Bernd Wiesberger
-9
73
68
69
69
279
T9
Adri Arnaus
-8
68
69
74
69
280
T9
Thomas Detry
-8
67
67
74
72
280
T9
Rasmus Højgaard
-8
72
72
69
67
280
T9
Takumi Kanaya
-8
70
69
72
69
280
T9
Alexander Levy
-8
70
68
71
71
280
T9
Antoine Rozner
-8
70
71
69
70
280
T9
Matthias Schwab
-8
70
69
73
68
280
T9
Ashun Wu
-8
71
71
70
68
280
T17
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-7
70
71
70
70
281
T17
Tommy Fleetwood
-7
68
68
73
72
281
T17
Lee Westwood
-7
69
68
72
72
281
T20
Kurt Kitayama
-6
65
72
75
70
282
T20
Richard Sterne
-6
64
74
75
69
282
T22
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-5
74
70
70
69
283
T22
Tyrrell Hatton
-5
76
64
71
72
283
T22
Lucas Herbert
-5
74
66
72
71
283
T22
Wade Ormsby
-5
68
73
71
71
283
T22
Shubhankar Sharma
-5
70
68
72
73
283
T27
Nicolas Colsaerts
-4
70
73
67
74
284
T27
Grant Forrest
-4
74
69
71
70
284
T27
Justin Harding
-4
66
70
72
76
284
T27
Scott Jamieson
-4
70
71
68
75
284
T27
Shane Lowry
-4
70
72
67
75
284
T27
Thomas Pieters
-4
71
73
68
72
284
T27
Jeff Winther
-4
69
75
71
69
284
T27
Fabrizio Zanotti
-4
71
67
76
70
284
T35
Alexander Björk
-3
71
71
73
70
285
T35
Dean Burmester
-3
72
72
71
70
285
T35
Rafa Cabrera Bello
-3
73
71
66
75
285
T35
Mikko Korhonen
-3
70
67
72
76
285
T35
David Lipsky
-3
72
71
68
74
285
T35
Justin Rose
-3
71
69
68
77
285
T41
Nino Bertasio
-2
75
68
72
71
286
T41
Ryan Fox
-2
73
69
71
73
286
T41
Jason Scrivener
-2
75
69
70
72
286
T44
Martin Kaymer
-1
68
70
75
74
287
T44
Joost Luiten
-1
74
69
70
74
287
T44
Guido Migliozzi
-1
71
67
73
76
287
T44
Danny Willett
-1
74
69
72
72
287
T48
Steven Brown
E
72
70
72
74
288
T48
Jayden Schaper
E
70
73
74
71
288
T48
Andy Sullivan
E
70
72
73
73
288
T51
Ashley Chesters
1
72
72
72
73
289
T51
Sean Crocker
1
71
73
73
72
289
T51
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
1
71
72
74
72
289
T51
Benjamin Hebert
1
72
72
72
73
289
T51
Pablo Larrazabal
1
70
73
71
75
289
T51
Adrian Otaegui
1
67
74
72
76
289
T51
Sami Valimaki
1
71
73
73
72
289
T51
Matt Wallace
1
71
71
72
75
289
59
Justin Walters
2
72
70
69
79
290
T60
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
3
68
71
74
78
291
T60
George Coetzee
3
72
72
74
73
291
T60
Ross Fisher
3
68
74
74
75
291
T60
Marcus Kinhult
3
70
72
74
75
291
T60
Jordan Smith
3
71
73
75
72
291
T60
Chris Wood
3
71
73
74
73
291
66
Edoardo Molinari
4
76
67
74
75
292
67
Renato Paratore
6
74
70
73
77
294
T68
Miguel Angel Jiménez
7
74
70
76
75
295
T68
Collin Morikawa
7
71
73
76
75
295
T68
Richie Ramsay
7
71
72
76
76
295
71
Gavin Kyle Green
9
73
71
83
70
297
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