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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Casey sets sights on first major after Bahrain win

It's Not yet February but Paul Casey can already tick off one of his targets for the year -- to win again.

A one-stroke victory at the Volvo Golf Champions in Bahrain yesterday ended a 20-month barren spell for the 33-year-old (pictured) and lifted him back up to World No6.

Now Casey hopes it can be a springboard to his number one goal -- a major title.

He said: "This was huge, although it does not feel like 20 months since my last win. Injury wiped out the second half of 2009, and the beginning of last year was rebuilding."

He now moves on to this week's Qatar Masters, the third leg of the European Tour's four-week Middle East swing. Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, the top two in the world following the German's triumph in Abu Dhabi, are back for that -- and the number one spot will be up for grabs.

Ireland's Darren Clarke fell away after holding a share of the lead going into the final round 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.

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

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