Casey wins Johny Walker title
Paul Casey bagged the title pushing through England's Andrew Marshall who shot 69 and Denmark's Soren Hansen (70).india Updated: Jun 25, 2006 23:08 IST
Paul Casey shot a 1-under 72 to win the Johnnie Walker Championship by one stroke on Sunday. The Englishman totaled 16-under 276 to win his second tournament on this PGA Centenary course _ and his sixth European Tour triumph _ despite some erratic driving down the stretch.
He also won in 2001 when the event was called the Scottish PGA Championship.
Andrew Marshall of England shot 69 to share second place with Denmark's Soren Hansen (70).
Colin Montgomerie, who lost the U.S. Open title when he double-bogeyed the final hole last Sunday, closed with a 73 to share fourth place on 278 with Thomas Bjorn (71).
"It feels great, even more so because I had a lot of great players chasing me right behind me," Casey said. "I've been playing great golf for a long time now, so to come out with a win today is tremendous."
Casey has not finished lower than 15th in his last seven events _ including four top-five placings.
"To play with Colin (Montgomerie) in Scotland on a Sunday is always a treat and to be playing at Gleneagles with him in the final round, the final pairing, is something very special," Casey added. Leading by one shot overnight, Casey opened with three straight birdies, but then struggled in a difficult wind. He made two more birdies against four bogeys, missing several fairways on the back nine.
"It was an ideal start," he said. "But it was a different wind today and the holes coming in were tough. It was a battle at the end _it wasn't pretty coming in."
Montgomerie said the par-5 ninth and 18th holes spoiled his chances.
"At the ninth, I had four great drives but played it in level par, which is 3-1/2 shots to the field," Montgomerie said. "And I played the last in 1 over with four good drives." Marshall, a 32-year-old Englishman, has never won on the Tour. This was his second runners-up finish.
"I'm delighted with it. I've had a tough year, but I played lovely today and all week," Marshall said. "I was a little disappointed not to make a birdie at the last, but it was my first time in among a high-class crowd, so I am pleased." Bjorn, the first-round leader, said he made a couple of mistakes. "It was there for the taking and I felt like I could win this," Bjorn said.