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Paul Casey snatches title with closing 65

Paul Casey produced a stunning comeback to win the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship by one shot on Sunday.

Starting the final round three shots off the pace, the Englishman carded a closing 65 for a 17-under-par total of 271 to beat off a strong challenge from Miguel Angel Jimenez and Peter Hanson and claim the $333,330 prize.

Jimenez needed a birdie on the closing hole while Swede Hanson was required to make an eagle to force a playoff.

Jimenez ended with a par to close with a 68 and Hanson rolled in a birdie, also finishing with a 68, to share second place with 16-under-par totals of 272.

Casey made a tremendous start to his round and quickly jumped to the lead with four birdies and kept the momentum rolling into the back nine before closing with a bogey.

That hiccup created a great opportunity for Jimenez to overtake him but the Spaniard failed to exploit the chance with two holes remaining.

He bogeyed the 17th and missed out on a birdie at the last.

"I had a good chance (to win), but I hit a very bad shot at the 17th. I played good enough to win today, certainly to get a playoff and I still felt on the 18th that I had chance of a playoff and a victory," said Jimenez.

Defending champion Chris DiMarco shot a six-under-par 66 to claim fourth place at 15-under-par 273 while overnight leader Padraig Harrington tied fifth after a closing 71.

The day, however, belonged to Casey, who stepped his game to a new level after shooting 71, 68 and 67 in the first three days. He picked up five birdies, three in a row, on the front nine and also birdied the 10th, 11th and 16th.

The one blemish was on the 18th after rolling his first putt wide of the hole.

"I have never done so well in a final round in my career. What happened out there on the course was beyond my expectations," said Casey, ranked 14th in the world.

"The best ever I have done (on a final day) was a 60 during my college days in Seattle. Jimenez did make me nervous when he reached the 18th because I think he is one of the best in Europe," he said.

"Anyway, I am delighted to have won the championship. I think all my hard work is paying off."



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