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Clarke fades as Casey takes title

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke fell away after holding a share of the lead going into the final round of the Volvo Golf Champions in Bahrain.

Clarke endured a torrid 18 holes in strong winds, suffering bogey sixes on both the ninth and 13th and ending with a double bogey to finish joint eighth.

England's Paul Casey won the title with a six-foot par putt on the final green. Casey, at ninth in the world the highest-ranked player in the field, was level with Peter Hanson with one to play, but the Swede failed to get up and down from sand.

He dropped into a share of second place with Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez as a result, while Scot Stephen Gallacher was fourth.

Casey's 68 gave him the first prize of £238,212 and saw him finish on a 20-under-par total of 268. It was his first victory in 20 months.

Padraig Harrington finished the weekend 58th, one place ahead of former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomery.


From Belfast Telegraph