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Casey claims KLM crown in Kennemer
14 Sep 2014 15:03
England's Paul Casey celebrated the recent birth of his first child by claiming his 13th European Tour title in the KLM Open on Sunday.
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Casey, whose fiance Pollyanna Woodward gave birth to a baby boy on 1 September, carded a closing 66 at Kennemer Golf Club to finish 14 under par, one ahead of three-time champion Simon Dyson.
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England's Andy Sullivan was another stroke back in third but also won a trip into space worth $100,000 for a hole-in-one on the 15th, although he admitted he was not certain to become an amateur astronaut.
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"I'm not sure yet," said Sullivan, who holed out with a nine iron on the 163-yard hole on his way to a closing 67. "I'll see what the missus says!"
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Casey began the day four shots off the lead - just as he did before his last victory in the Irish Open in 2013 - but made the ideal start with four birdies in his first seven holes, and with overnight leader Romain Wattel dropping a shot on the seventh, Casey moved into a lead he was not about to relinquish.
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A birdie on the 14th was followed by his only bogey of the day on the 15th and with Dyson making a birdie on the last to complete a flawless 65, Casey's lead was down to a single shot.
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However, the former world number three held his nerve to close with three pars and seal the victory.
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Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry were best of the Irish, both finishing on five under par, tied for 28th.
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Simon Thornoton ended on one under, Darren Clarke was four over, while Damien McGrane was one shot further back.
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