English golfer Paul Casey shot twenty under par to win his first tournament in 20 months as he triumphed in the Golf Champions tournament in the heat of Bahrain.
Victory for the Cheltenham born player was secured on the final hole as he parred the last to seal a 68 on the final day while Peter Hanson bogeyed to drop back to joint second along with Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez.
The win signals a return to form for the three times Ryder Cup player after a disastrous year and a half in which he did not win a single tournament and failed to qualify for last year’s Ryder Cup. The Englishman also failed to make the cut in The Masters last time out and finished tied 40th in the US Open, however he has still been able to raise his game on occasions as he came tied third and tied 12th at The Open and the PGA Championship respectively.
It will have been all the more galling for the 33 year old as he saw fellow Englishman Lee Westwood become world number one late last year.
This victory is Casey’s first on tour since he won the BMW PGA Championship back in May 2009; and Casey will be hoping that his winning start to 2011 continues well into the latter stages of the season and into the majors.