Sunday, May 11, 2003
Casey wins final Benson and Hedges by four strokes
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Former Arizona State star Paul
Casey won in his home country Sunday, capturing the final Benson
and Hedges International by four strokes after shooting a
Paul Casey picked up his third European Tour victory and second of 2003.
He finished at 11-under 277 at The Belfry, having entered the
day tied for the lead with Padraig Harrington of Ireland and
Stephen Scahill of New Zealand. Harrington finished second after a
The tournament, first played in 1971, is ending because of
restrictions on tobacco promotions.
Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie made a hole-in-one with
a 7-iron at the 174-yard No. 7, and his 69 gave him a share of
third with Scahill (76) and Dutchman Rolf Muntz (72).
This was Casey's third win on the European Tour and his second
this year following a victory in Australia in February. The
Englishman began his European tour at this event two years ago. He
is coming off a college career in which he won three straight
"The big thing was playing a lot in Scottsdale before I came
back to Europe,'' he said. "I played almost every day for several
weeks. I always felt I had the game to win on courses like this and
I consider myself quite a good wind player.''
Casey plans to remain on the European tour except for major
events in the United States for which he qualifies and world
championship tournaments. He earned $293,695 and is second on the
Order of Merit behind Ernie Els.
Richard S. Johnson of Sweden set a course record with a 64,
breaking the mark Scahill tied with a 65 Saturday. Johnson finished
seven strokes back.
Defending champion Angel Cabrera of Argentina, one stroke off
the lead entering the day, shot a 78 to share seventh place.
Jean Van de Velde, coming back from knee surgery and competing
for the first time since July, closed with a 73 and finished in a
five-way tie for 17th at 288.