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- Previous winners of The Irish Open at Carton House - Stephen Dodd (2005), Thomas Bjorn (2006)


Casey captures Irish Open

Paul Casey returned to form in sensational style with a brilliant closing round in tough conditions at Carton House to win The Irish Open.


Big thanks to everyone who came down this week to Carton House, it was a special atmosphere all week, and we look forward to next year. And to close, Paul Casey, last seen leaving the media centre after his press conference with a pint of stout in hand. Only in Ireland.


Irish Open Day 4 Highlights


PaulCasey (-14) The Irish Open Champion 2013


Last, but by no means least, we hear from the man himself, The Irish Open Champion, Paul Casey, with the best of the final day action from Carton House. Enjoy.


Robert Rock (-11) The Irish Open - Day 4


Pablo Larrazabal (-9) The Irish Open - Day 4


Pablo Larrazabal and Robert Rock came up just short on Sunday, hear what they had to say here...


Jose Maria Olazabal (-10) The Irish Open - Day 4


Jose Maria Olazabal looked  like challenging for this title round the turn, but he came up just a little shy in his quest for a first Irish Open title in 23 years. Here what he had to say...


Casey Winning Eagle Putt


If you missed it, check out Paul Casey's winning eagle effort at 18 right here...


Stay tuned to the full LIVE BLOG page for all the action and reaction at the close of play as we hear from Paul Casey on his Irish Open triumph, as well as all the main protagonists here in Ireland.


It might have taken all round for Joost Luiten to make a birdie, but it was almost worth it, maybe, but either way the Dutchman has just poured one in from 20 feet at the last and he finishes alongside Rock at 11 under par. While Larrazabal fails to make at 18 for the same score, another Sunday that has not quite seen Larrazabal's best play, but if you keep knocking then eventually that door will open. He's done it twice before, and that third title must be just around the corner.


Not to forget Robert Rock, it was a fine finish for the Englishman playing alongside Casey, finishing with a couple of red figures to post a 71 and 11 under par. A solid display from Rock, but he just couldn't quite get it in the whole fast enough on Sunday, and it looks like a second runners-up finish at The Irish Open for the two time European Tour champion.


Two putts...? Two putts...? How about ONE!! Casey boxes it from 70 feet at the last for the most outrageous of eagle threes at 18. That's the title done and dusted, and Paul Casey posts a 67 for a 14 under par total and his 12th European Tour victory. Congratulations m'boy.


Luiten safely aboard at the par three 17th, but again he is some distance away, and as a result he fails to make the birdie he needed from 30 feet as he rolls it down stiff, but it never looked like threatening the hole. If Casey two putts for birdie at 18, the Dutchman needs a two!


A little tree trouble for Casey after a pushed drive down the last, but he just about has a swing under the branches, and give these guys a full swing and a decent lie and they can make magic happen. And Casey duly rustles up a little wizadry as he guns one onto the front edge of the green, two putts and the title should be his.


Bogey for Luiten at 16 and Casey's lead is back to two. The Dutchman has hung in there all day but has failed to knock it too close, leaving himself lengthy birdie efforts for much of the day, and having holed nothing it looks like he is going to come up just short barring disaster for the Englishman up the last, or something special from Luiten.


No birdie for Casey at 17, having hit a sound approach considering what has gone on the last 30 minutes. The 11 time European Tour winner left himself a 15 footer down the slope, moving gently from right to left, but he over borrowed and under hit the putt to ensure his par three as he strides aboard the par five last with a one stroke lead.


Another bogey for Casey at 16 and it's what some in the trade call "squeaky bum time". Having found the rough down the left, the Englishman was unable to gouge a short iron all the way back to the flag, and having come up just short of the green, he was unable to get up and down to a pin right up the back of the green. He now only leads by one as he prepares to enter the amphitheatre at 17.


A chink of light for those chasing down Paul Casey who has just taken six from nowhere on the par five 15th hole. Faced with a shot of some 70 yards for his third, the Englishman zipped his wedge through the back of the green and onto the back fringe. Nervous times for Casey, but it seemed a simple two putt from where he was, however a mis-strike or a bobble saw his first effort through the longer grass come up 15 feet short, and when he failed to make the second putt to boot, he dropped his first shot of the round and is now only two clear of Joost Luiten at 13 under par.


Casey Surges Forward


Paul Casey built his advantage with a birdie blitz around the turn, cath up on the best of the action from his round on the LIVE BLOG now.


Jose Maria Olazabal has not won since the Mallorca Classic back in 2005, and sadly, even though it had looked possible around the turn, the Spaniard is unlikely to be adding a second Irish Open title to his career victory tally as he drops another shot on 16 to fall five back at nine under par. It was a spirited run through the middle of the round, but alas, in the worst of the weather, a few costly bogeys at key moments have let him down. Still though, Ollie is more focused than ever on his game after the duties of Ryder Cup Captain the past two years or so, and it will be no surprise if the 47 year old adds to his 23 European Tour titles in the weeks and months to come.


Big swing at the top of the board, could be crucial in deciding the fate of this title, as Luiten drops one at 12 just as Casey drives home his advantage with a birdie at 13. The Dutchman came up short left on the par three, and faced with a difficult shot from the lip of the bunker with the ball on an upslope and below his feet, he caught the ball a little full and it ran 20 feet past the hole he was unable to make it for his four and he's back to 11 under par. Meanwhile, just a hole ahead at the short par four 13th, Casey came up just short in one, and when he popped up a delightful chip with just a little check by the hole, all he had was 18 inches, and he duly dispatched it to move three clear at 14 under.


It's official, the sun is shining.


The Three Towns Initiative


Earlier in the week Richard Finch (Celbridge), Brett Rumford (Maynooth) and Ross Fisher (Leixlip), all former champions here at The Irish Open visited a trio of local towns as part of our Three Towns Initiative. Head over to the full LIVE BLOG to see how it all went down now.


Shane Lowry (-8) The Irish Open - Day 4


CALLING ALL SHANE LOWRY FANS... head over to the full LIVE BLOG for his post round interview after a closing 69 on Sunday to finish at eight under par.


Paul Casey clearly got a little duck in his lineage, possibly a distant relative of Aquaman, but whatever the reason, the Englishman is revelling out there in the Irish moisture as he boxes yet another birdie at 11 having judged his approach perfectly down the breeze to leave just a seven footer for his three, and he's in the lead at 13 under.


Joost Luiten rolls in a clutch 12 footer up the hill at the tenth during a period of biblical weather as the rain and wind battered the Dutchman, but he retains a piece of the lead alongside Casey, and is hanging in there up top as the rain lessens out on course.


It has been 41 tournaments since Paul Casey's last win at the 2011 Volvo Golf Champions.


Heavens have opened here at Carton House. Add that to the wind and conditions are typically Irish, and especially tough.


Three in a row... HELLO! Paul Casey rolls in a great 12 footer at ten to tie Luiten at 12 under par. The Englishman has been very vocal in the opinion that if he starts holing putts then a victory can't be too far away, and guess what, in they go and he's tied for the lead.


Robert Rock's scoring average per round this season makes for positive viewing on this final day:
- Round One: 72.54
- Round Two: 72.00
- Round Three: 71.83
- Round Four: 69.83


He waited eight holes, but Paul Casey has just boxed his second birdie in as many holes at the ninth and he's alongside playing partner Rock at 11 under par, as Jose Maria Olazabal three putts 12 to drop his second shot in as many holes to fall a couple back once again.


And Casey is also within two after a clipped wedge into the par five eighth, that danced around the hole before coming to rest just a foot or so from the flag. Tap ins don't come easier, and it's the first birdie of his final round to move to ten under par.


Luiten sneaks one in the right hand edge at par three seventh for his three as Larrazabal fails to get up and down from the trap short left of the green. The Spaniard not quite at the races so far, but still only two back at ten under par.


What a story this could be... as Jose Maria Olazabal, 47 years of age and the winner of this event in 1990, birdies to tie at the top alongside Luiten at 12 under par as he pours in a real beauty at ten, rolling one right to left and up a subtle little ridge running diagonally across him, and in to the hole. Queue one of the biggest cheers of the day for anyone not called Shane Lowry.


Starting to look like a four horse race between Rock, Olazabal, Larrazabal and Luiten as the latter two both par the sixth, but as long as these leading players struggle to extend their advantage with birdies, it leaves the door ajar for someone from further back to make a back nine charge.


Rock clearly playing the best golf tee to green at the moment, but with the gusting winds putting has been difficult, and he misses another opportunity on seven from 20 feet, aiming it eight inches right of the hole and it stayed dead straight, even going the other way at the end. He's not the only one who is misreading the putts out there, but if he can get a few to drop then he could be the man to beat.


Rock and Casey both miss decent opportunities for a birdie at six as Olazabal cards a birdie at nine after a pin-point wedge that left him ideally placed to dispatch a straight-ish putt, and with Luiten's dropped shot, is only one shot back as a result.


Rock and Casey both miss decent opportunities for a birdie at six as Olazabal cards a birdie at nine, and with Luiten's dropped shot, is only one shot back.


Bogey for Luiten at five after his approach went running through the green after a shot from the rough, and chipping back into the breeze up the lengthof the green, the Dutchman could not get it inside 18 feet before missing on the right hand side to drop a shot.


Joost Luiten has led twice after 54 holes and won both times: 2011 Iskandar Johor Open and 2013 Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity.


Robert Rock looking like the man most likely to make a charge at the leading Luiten, been knocking the flags out so far without much reward, and on the fifth he has just lipped out after an aggressive chip from pin high right of the flag, however he still remains two back.


This week Pablo Larrazabal has shot three sub 70 scores for his opening three rounds for the first time in 22 events, the last time being the 2012 Italian Open.


And it is his putting, which he ranks 184th in on The European Tour, that has let him down again on the par five fourth as Casey misses from ten feet after a reasonable trap shot from the back bunker. Rock, on the other hand, made a tidy up and down from 50 yards short left of the green, rolling one in from a little outside Casey for a birdie and he's within two of Luiten.


Paul Casey has been in the midst of a return to form in 2013, and here are his Genworth Statistics to back that up:
- Stroke Average: 71.2 (59th)
- Driving Distance: 288.1yds (87th)
- Driving Accuracy: 59.4% (118th)
- Greens in Regulation: 77% (2nd)
- Putts per Round: 31.3 (184th)


So, that's everyone off and running on what promises to be an exciting climax to what has been another terrific Irish Open at Carton House. Stay tuned as we take you through the next four hours.


Joost Luiten almost off to the ideal start having found the fairway from the first tee, and when he fizzed in a four iron that flew straight over the flag to leave 25 feet for an opening birdie three, the Dutchman just missed out as the putt dove left late on to graze the edge of the hole. Meanwhile, Larrazabal had played the hole very similarly to his playing partner, finding the fairway and the green before a narrow miss and an opening four was also carded.


Gutsy up and down for Paul Casey at the first having missed the green right from the left rough, but a fine little chip sot from the short side ran nine feet by, but the Englishman was equal to that test and rolled it in for his par as Rock misses from twice as far for an opening three.


The Irish Open - Day 4 Preview


Next video for your delight on the full LIVE BLOG, our day four preview...


Penultimate group underway from the first as Paul Casey, who hasn't won since the 2011 Volvo Golf Champions, finds the edge of the crowd down the left as playing partner Rock, who lost out in a play-off for this title to Shane Lowry in 2009, finds the fairways.


Robert Rock (-10) The Irish Open - Day 3


Here's what Robert Rock had to say after yesterday's round as he prepares for round four


Access All Areas - At The Races


Next up on the full LIVE BLOG is our latest ACCESS ALL AREAS feature from last night's trip to the races...


Here are a few more photos from our Irish Open trip to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby yesterday at The Curragh where Rhys Davies, Andreas Harto, Lasse Jensen and Mark Tullo enjoyed an evening of mixed fortunes betting on the nags.

(L-R) Andreas Harto, Lasse Jensen and Rhys Davies visit The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby


Rhys Davies collects his winnings at The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby


Mark Tullo celebrates a winner at The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby


Thomas Bjorn was the last man to win this title at Carton House, back in 2006, after a weater affected tournament that saw him edge out Darren Clarke in a Monday finish. Thankfully the weather doesn't look like forcing us into a fifth day of tournament play today, fingers crossed, and The Great Dane has got off to the ideal start on day four after a birdie at the first.


Spain's Eduardo De La Riva in the house with the best score of the day so far, a four under par 68 in blustery conditions, bouncing back from a bogey at the first with birdies at four, eight, nine, 14 and 18. Further proof that there are low scores out there, they are just hard earned. Perhaps Eduardo will be able to give a few pointers to compatriot Pablo Larrazabal out in the last group at 1.15pm, or to 1990 Irish Open winner Jose Maria Olazabal out at 12.30pm.


Sunday is sure to be a thrilling affair with a jam-packed and international leaderboard, but yesterday was just as exciting as crowds enjoyed the Lions game in preparation for the third round, before big crowds flocked to the leading groups, and some of the players enjoyed a little trip to the horses at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Super Saturday success at Irish Open

The sports of rugby union, golf and horse racing came together in spectacular fashion on ‘Super Saturday’ at the Irish Open this weekend.


Shane Lowry pulling a huge final day crowd out there, and he needs all the support he can get if he is to put together a Sunday challenge on his home golf course here at Carton House, but he's got off to an ideal start after a birdie at the first.


Callum Macaulay and Richard Finch were the first group out there today, blazing a trail in the tricky conditions, and like every great pioneer they have certainly shown those to come behind the way, firing a pair of 69s en route to finishing at one over par.


Strengthening winds wreaking avoc out on the Montgomerie Course so far this morning with birdies seemingly hard to come by as only seven players have found their way under par. Leaders will no doubt be watching the scoring with interest so as to ascertain exactly the test that will face them on this final day, and so far they will have learned that they will need their A-game if they are to contend in the Irish winds this afternoon.


Meanwhile the easiest hole on the course is the virtually driveable short par four 13th, which measures a mere 338yds, and is averaging .45 less than par. This week it has allowed six eagles, 165 birdies, 195 pars, just 15 bogeys, and only the one double bogey.


So far this week the hardest hole on the course has been the par four fifth hole, measuring 474yds, and playing .33 greater than its par. So far it has yielded 22 birdies, 212 pars, 131 bogeys and 17 double bogeys.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1CASEY, PaulENG18-14
T2ROCK, RobertENG18-11
T2LUITEN, JoostNED18-11
T5LOWRY, ShaneIRL18-8
T5SHAW, GarethNIR18-8
T5OLAZÁBAL, José MaríaESP18-8
T5QUIROS, AlvaroESP18-8
T10WILLETT, DannyENG18-7


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