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Andy Sullivan is out of this world with $100,000 trip to space hole-in-one prize at KLM Open

By Robert Jones

England's Paul Casey was over the moon with his performance in the KLM Open, and he was not the only one after a unique hole-in-one prize was claimed yesterday.

Casey, whose fiancee Pollyanna Woodward gave birth to a baby boy on September 1, carded a closing 66 at Kennemer to claim his 13th European Tour title on 14 under par, one ahead of three-time champion Simon Dyson.

England's Andy Sullivan was another stroke back in third but also won a trip into space worth US$100,000 for a hole-in-one on the 15th, although he admitted he was not certain to become an amateur astronaut. "I'm not sure yet," said Sullivan, who holed out with a nine iron on the 163-yard hole on his way to a closing 67. "I'll see what the missus says!"

Casey began the day four shots off the lead – just as he did before his last victory in the Irish Open in 2013 – but made the ideal start with four birdies in his first seven holes. With overnight leader Romain Wattel dropping a shot on the seventh, Casey moved into a lead he was not about to relinquish. A birdie on the 14th was followed by his only bogey of the day on the 15th and with Dyson making a birdie on the last to complete a flawless 65, Casey's lead was down to a single shot.

But the ex-world number three held his nerve to close with three pars for an emotional victory.

Casey told reporters: "I'm absolutely over the moon. First tournament as a dad, first win as a dad. I'm a bit emotional to be honest. It was very care free 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.

"Just having my first child was a great distraction. I had no expectations coming into the week and I did very little pratice. I couldn't have dreamed it would turn out this way."

Darren Clarke finished 18 shots behind Casey with a closing 74 which included a quadruple bogey nine at the seventh. Clarke went into the final round 14 behind leader Romain Wattel but his hopes of moving up the field were ended by his nine as he finished four over.

Padraig Harrington (67) and Shane Lowry (69) had a share of 28th spot on five under.

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