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Casey seals win with hole-in-one
Casey/Howell v Cink/Henry (Europe won 5&4)

England's Paul Casey
Casey delighted the K Club with a brilliant finish
England's Paul Casey hit a sensational hole-in-one at the 14th hole to seal a 5&4 Ryder Cup foursomes triumph over US pair Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson.

Casey, 29, aced the 213-yard hole, to complete a brilliant show from the new World Match Play champion.

"It's just unbelievable, that's my first hole-in-one in a professional tournament," said the Cheltenham star.

It was only the fifth hole-in-one in Ryder Cup history, and the first since Englishman Howard Clark's in 1995.

Casey had his opponents on the rack almost from the outset and his pairing were four up after five holes.

RYDER CUP ACES
All five hole-in-ones have been scored by Europeans
2006: Paul Casey (Eng),
K Club
1995: Howard Clark (Eng), Oak Hill
1995: Constantino Rocca (Ita), Oak Hill
1993: Nick Faldo (Eng), The Belfry
1973: Peter Butler (Eng), Muirfield
He started the charge with a 15-foot putt to hole at the second - the first of three successive birdies.

A par at the fifth was enough to extend the lead, and the US pair struggled to bounce back from the early blows.

Europe went five ahead at the 12th, before Casey's pinpoint tee shot two holes later capped an outstanding performance.

Already five up with five to play, the pair knew victory was approaching, but Casey made certain in spectacular fashion.

Ignoring captain Ian Woosnam's advice on club selection, he chose a four-iron and struck a magnificent shot which landed right on line and rolled slowly into the cup.

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Casey, who won the World Match Play tournament at Wentworth only six days earlier, was congratulated by countryman Howell as the K Club crowd roared their approval.

It meant Cink did not even need to hit his tee shot, and the American was even technically conceded a hole- in-one as well as it did not matter to the result of the match.

"Woosie did tell me what the guys hit in front of me, so I picked a different club because I didn't think he was right and it was obviously the perfect club in the end," he said.

"I hit a four-iron very, very hard and watching on the replay it only just made it."



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SEE ALSO
Hole 14, Church Fields
14 Sep 06 |  Golf
Ryder Cup: Saturday photos
23 Sep 06 |  Golf


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