Paul Casey after a horrid couple of years has finally got back to winning ways after shooting a final round of 67 to finish three shots clear on 14 under par. He holed a monster putt on the last for eagle to secure victory and create a large amount of motivation leading up to the British open in a few weeks time.
Carton house is home to two prestigious and eloquent golf courses, the Montgomerie Course and the O’Meara course. The Montgomerie course is where the Irish open was held and was designed by order of merit winner, Colin Montgomerie. This 7’300 yard course ventures over impeccable fairways, incredibly deep broad and resonant bunkers and smooth yet challenging greens. It has played host to many tournaments in the past and has seen some incredible golf, with the 2005 and 2006 Irish opens being played there and the 2010 Seniors Irish Open. Carton Demesne is home to Carton House Golf Club and the Golfing Union of Ireland, the oldest golfing union in the world.
Casey, whose last win on the European tour came in 2011 came clear from the pack by shooting a wondrous 67 on the final round. This was helped by 5 birdies in six holes leading from the eighth which helped him take a commanding leading before making an incredible eagle on the final hole. He stood on the 18th, unaware that his closest competitor, Joost Luiten, had made a bogey at 16. Although his driving was world-class on the day, he pushed his tee shot right just off the fairway. He had left himself 232 yards with a forgiving lie, however it wasn’t at all easy for the Englishman as he had overhanging branches to go under and was certain the ball was going to fly out from this lie. He managed to hit a bullet of a shot which found the green yet was in three putt country. To find the dustbin lid was all he needed, but he went one better and holed a glorious putt and didn’t hold back on the celebrations either.
Casey played with fellow Englishman Robert Rock in the final round who was just three behind the leader. Rock seemed to be in control in the first two rounds after shooting 69 and 66, however he did not have the cutting edge in the final two rounds but still carded two very respectable 71’s which earnt him second place.
The Spanish although didn’t have a title contender still dominated the top 10 of the tournament with Pablo Larrazabal taking fourth place on his own on 9 under par after shooting a demoralising 3 over 75 in the final round. There was also three Spanish players on 8 under which included, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Alvaro Quiros and legendary figure and last years Ryder Cup Captain, Jose Maria Olazabal.