Paul Casey Wins the Irish Open In Style, First Win In 2 1/2 Years

Straight from the where-on-Earth-has-he-been department, Paul Casey captured the European Tour’s Irish Open on Sunday.  We all remember Casey, you know, the past ASU Sun Devil standout who once shot a 60 in a college event, Ryder Cup stalwart who made a wild hole-in-one in winning a match in ’06 and former No. 3 golfer in the world had been mostly silent these past two seasons following a freak snowboarding accident where he dislocated his shoulder, causing him to fall as low as No. 169 in the world, but this past week, it finally all came back together for Casey.

Casey fired a four day total of 14 under par at Carton House Golf Club, including a stellar final round 67 in strong winds and heavy rains at times, good enough for a three stroke victory.  The win was finished with a serious exclamation point as he drained a 50-footer for eagle on the 72nd hole, which was the 35-year-old’s first European Tour victory in 2 1/2 years.

After any player’s win, it’s easy to jump ahead and expect bigger things from that player soon thereafter, but in this case I believe it’s truly an inevitability.  Casey simply has too much talent and potential to not continue this hot streak, and with him admittedly being inspired by fellow countryman Justin Rose’s first major victory at the U.S. Open two weeks ago at Merion, watch out for him at the British Open at Muirfield in a couple weeks.

As if Europe’s Ryder Cup team needs yet another stud returning to form…

Joel Harrington

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