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Casey surges to win KLM Open



Zandvoort, Netherlands (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Casey fired 4-under 66 in the final round on Sunday to earn a 1-shot victory at the KLM Open.

Casey, who made the cut by just three shots and used a third-round 62 to move into contention, finished at 14-under-par 266 for his 13th win on the European Tour and first since last year's Irish Open.

"This ranks right up there -- this tournament has so much history, and we play in front of the best fans in the world of golf," said Casey. "My game plan was to have as much fun as we could. We tried to concentrate on every single shot, but relax and be aggressive if we could. I'm happy how we balanced having fun on the golf course with being focused. I'm absolutely over the moon."

Simon Dyson made a late push, but it wasn't enough. His 65 gave him sole possession of second place at 13-under 267.

Andy Sullivan shot a 3-under 67 at Kennemer Golf and Country Club to finish third at 12-under 268, while Eddie Pepperell (66) ended at minus-11 by himself.

Third-round leader Romain Wattel tripped to a 74 on Sunday to finish four shots back at 10-under 270 with second-round leader Pablo Larrazabal (65), defending champion Joost Luiten (68) and Johan Carlsson (63).

Beginning the day four shots back of Wattel, Casey made his move early as a member of the final group. While Wattel made par on his first six holes, Casey poured in back-to-back birdies on two and three to go along with another gain on No. 5.

With Wattel's lead down to one, he tripped to a bogey on the par-5 seventh, while Casey drained his fourth birdie on the same hole to take the outright lead.

After making the turn, Wattel made his second bogey of the day on No. 11, giving Casey a 2-shot lead. Wattel responded right away with his first birdie on No. 12 to get back to minus-13, but back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14 put him well off the pace and he never recovered. Wattel also made his fifth bogey on the last to end four back.

In the meantime, Casey extended his lead to three with a birdie on the par-4 14th with Dyson, Pepperell and Sullivan all sitting at minus-12. A bogey for Casey on the 15th dipped his lead to two.

Dyson put a little bit of pressure on Casey as Dyson made birdie at the last to get to within one. Casey remained calm as he played the final hole, however, getting to the green in two on the par-4 and two-putting for a par and the victory.

"I'm a bit emotional to be honest," said Casey, whose fiancee recently gave birth to their first child. "It was very carefree for three and a half days, because if I played well or poorly I was going to go home to see my baby, and then I got to the last three holes and I thought I really want this -- not that he is old enough to understand."

The push toward the top of the leaderboard did not start until late for Dyson as his first birdie came at the ninth. Three gains in a four-hole stretch from 11 had Dyson at 12-under, and his birdie at the last gave him a shot, but Casey came through when it mattered.

Sullivan had an up-and-down day, which started with a pair of birdies on two and three followed by two more gains on six and seven. Sullivan finished off his front nine with a bogey on No. 8 and a double-bogey on No. 9.

He continued to struggle as he made the turn as Sullivan made two more bogeys on 10 and 11. He came back strong with two straight birdies from 12 and later drained a hole-in-one on the 163-yard, par-3 15th hole, vaulting Sullivan into contention. Three straight pars finished off Sullivan's round.

NOTES: Sullivan's hole-in-one on 15 won him a trip to space ... With the win, Casey earned 300,000 euros ... The European Tour heads to Wales next week for the ISPS Handa Wales Open, where Gregory Bourdy topped Peter Uihlein by two shots last year.

09/14 12:23:16 ET

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