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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 April 2007, 21:24 GMT 22:24 UK
Poor finish derails Casey charge
Paul Casey
Casey mixed the sublime with the ridiculous all week at Augusta
Bogeys at the last two holes told the story of a Masters that should have been so much better for Paul Casey.

He was three under for his round and three off the lead when he came to 17 but a bogey-bogey finish ruined his hopes of posting a challenging target.

The 29-year-old Englishman's seven-over total was scant reward for some superb approach work and brave putting.

"There was a lot of good golf in there but too many mistakes. That's been the story pretty much all year," he said.

"I was happy with the way I played until the end there. It was a disappointing week. One of those where it could have been or should have been better."

Casey, the European Tour's 2006 player of the year, ended with a one-under 71, seven over for the tournament and six shots behind the winner Zach Johnson of America.

But it was a mixed bag for the Arizona-based Casey. He opened with a round of 79 before bouncing back with a stunning four-under 68, both in the company of world number one Tiger Woods.

He then got himself into a great position on Saturday evening before contriving to lose five shots in four holes from 15th. He chunked his third to the par-five's green into the pond, ran up a triple-bogey and compounded the error with bogeys on 16 and 18 for a round of 77.

It was enormously to his credit that he bounced back to card a good final round and ensure his second high placing in three Masters appearances.

Ian Poulter
Poulter was in the pink in more ways the one thanks to a fine 70
Another Englishman deserving of praise is Ian Poulter. So often only noticed for his flamboyant dress sense, the 31-year-old from Hitchin carded a battling 70 to reach the clubhouse on eight over for the tournament.

Less happy with his performance at Augusta this weekend was Swindon's David Howell.

Tied for third after the first round and just three off the halfway lead, the Ryder Cup star was 15 over for the last two rounds thanks to an 82-77 weekend. His 16-over total left the 31-year-old way down the final leaderboard.

"I'm very disappointed. It's been a bad weekend, no fun at all," said Howell.

"I got myself somewhat miraculously into position by playing well on the first two days but I'm very disappointed with the way I finished. To be honest, it's been like that all season.

"I didn't really come here with any expectations but I've gained some experience, learned a bit more about the course and learned a bit more about myself."

Another Englishman who will perhaps be a bit underwhelmed with his finishing position is Lee Westwood - five dropped shots in the first three holes of his inward nine put paid to his hopes of a top-16 finish.

The 33-year-old from Worksop had to settle for a 13-over total and a place in the middle of the pack.



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