ENGLISHMAN Paul Casey has bounced back from a string of injury and form issues to win the 2013 Irish Open in testing conditions at the Carlton House Golf Club.
Casey had a terrific final round 5-under 67 to finish at 14-under, with overnight leader Joost Luiten (74) and Robert Rock (71) joint runners up three strokes further back.
The 35 year old’s lead had looked precarious coming down the par five 18th hole, but he found the green in two and signed off in style with a spectacular 45 foot eagle putt for his 12th European Tour title.
“It’s incredibly sweet,” said Casey, who finished second to Thomas Björn the last time the event was staged at Carton House in 2006. “It’s been a while and when that putt went in half of it was relief and half of it was satisfaction.”
“What a grandstand finish – winning an Irish open is an absolute dream.”
Casey was ranked third in the Official World Golf Ranking in 2009 but began the week 169th after a string of fitness problems, most notably in 2012 after suffering a broken collarbone while snowboarding.
His last European Tour victory came in Bahrain in January 2011 but he looked back in touch recently, particularly when he qualified for the US Open Championship at the Merion Golf Club.
Brett Rumford (72) was the best placed Aussie finishing on 4-under tied for 22nd.2013 Irish Open Final Results