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Paul Casey (pictured by Getty Images) triumphed in his first tournament since becoming a father, overturning a four shot deficit to win the KLM Open by a single stroke.

Casey’s first son Lex was born on September 1, and the new arrival clearly inspired him to a 13th European Tour title as he carded a final round of 66 for a 14 under par winning total, with Simon Dyson runner up on 13 under par.

Dyson was bidding for a fourth KLM Open title, and a third at Kennemer Golf and Country Club, but after a course record 62 on Saturday, followed by five birdies and just one bogey in the final round, it was Casey who succeeded Dutchman Joost Luiten as champion.

Another Englishman, Andy Sullivan, finished third on 12 under par following a remarkable round of 67 which included a hole-in-one on the par three 15th, an ace which earned him a trip into space.

Eddie Pepperell (66) completed an all-English top four, finishing a further shot back, while Luiten closed with a round of 68 for a ten under par total to share fifth position with Spaniard Pablo Larrazábal (65) Sweden’s Johan Carlsson (63) and overnight leader Romain Wattel of France (74).

Key player quotes

Paul Casey

“I’m a bit emotional to be honest. Although it was very care free for three and a half days, because if I played well or poorly I was going to go home to see my baby, and then I got to the last three holes and I thought I really want this, not that he is old enough to understand. This tournament has been going for more than 90 years and looking at the names on the trophy, you have Seve, Langer, Payne Stewart. It’s got some great names so to add my name to that is a great honour.

“Just having my first child was a great distraction. I had no expectations coming into the week and I did very little pratice, although I’ve played good golf. Even flying in Wednesday morning to spend as much time at home as possible, so I was apprehensive as to how I was going to play.  I couldn’t have dreamed it would turn out this way. It’s not that I wasn’t trying my hardest on the course, but you just don’t know how it will turn out.”

Simon Dyson

“It was a really good week again. I just got better every day. Today I played really nice and shot five under. I felt like I left a few out there on the front nine, but then made a few birdies on the back nine and holed out well. That keeps your score going and I just fell one short. But it is still a good week.

“It’s frightening how much I like it here. The minute I get off the plane I feel up for it and I fancy it, ever since my first win in 2006. It just shows how much it is mind over matter. I tee it up on the first day and fancy my chances. I just hope it is here for a long time.”

Andy Sullivan

“My daughter will think I’m the best dad in the world – a professional golfer and an astronaut! I’m going to have to pluck up some serious courage, but it is a once in a lifetime experience, so I’m going to have to do it.

“”My caddie just shout to me, ‘we’re going to space’. I was in hysterics. It’s just an unreal experience. I didn’t play great through the round and then I hit a shot like that. I had two twos on there, but not been close to it. So I wasn’t really even thinking about it.

It’s been such a rollercoaster of a day. I just strapped myself in and went for the ride. Overall it’s been a great week and I’ve really enjoyed myself here at the KLM Open.”

Complete final round scores (par 70)

266 P Casey  (Eng) 68 70 62 66,

 267 S Dyson  (Eng) 70 66 66 65,

 268 A Sullivan (Eng) 67 68 66 67,

 269 E Pepperell (Eng) 69 68 66 66,

 270 J Luiten (Ned) 65 70 67 68, J Carlsson (Swe) 70 67 70 63, P Larrazábal (Esp) 68 62 75 65, R Wattel  (Fra) 67 65 64 74,

 271 O Fisher  (Eng) 70 66 70 65, R Ramsay  (Sco) 69 65 65 72,

 272 R Derksen (Ned) 71 67 68 66, P Waring  (Eng) 69 71 65 67, B Koepka  (USA) 69 66 70 67, J Kruger (RSA) 73 63 70 66, M Ilonen  (Fin) 69 66 70 67, E Molinari  (Ita) 66 66 71 69, R Jacquelin (Fra) 71 68 68 65, T Hatton (Eng) 68 67 72 65,

 273 R Bland (Eng) 70 70 67 66, G Stal  (Fra) 66 71 65 71, R Rock (Eng) 73 67 65 68,

 274 C Wood  (Eng) 69 67 70 68, T Aiken (RSA) 67 68 71 68, T Pieters  (Bel) 70 66 67 71, P Uihlein  (USA) 66 68 67 73, M Kieffer (Ger) 67 68 68 71, E Grillo (Arg) 72 66 67 69,

 275 D Im (USA) 67 70 70 68, P Harrington (Irl) 70 68 70 67, J Morrison  (Eng) 73 67 65 70, T Fleetwood  (Eng) 70 67 71 67, R Karlsson (Swe) 69 69 68 69, S Lowry  (Irl) 70 69 67 69, J Hansen  (Den) 72 66 67 70, R Saxton (Ned) 71 67 70 67,

 276 C Doak (Sco) 69 70 68 69, M Korhonen (Fin) 71 69 67 69, M Carlsson  (Swe) 68 71 70 67, T Lewis (Eng) 70 69 70 67, G Fdez-Castaño  (Esp) 71 69 66 70,

 277 G Bourdy (Fra) 73 67 69 68, A Kaleka  (Fra) 72 67 72 66, W Ormsby (Aus) 70 69 67 71, M Warren (Sco) 68 68 71 70, D Howell (Eng) 68 69 73 67, A Pavan (Ita) 66 70 67 74, A Gee  (Eng) 69 70 69 69, M Foster (Eng) 70 67 73 67, N Colsaerts  (Bel) 72 68 66 71,

 278 J Heath  (Eng) 69 67 71 71, T Olesen (Den) 69 71 69 69,

 279 C Lee (Sco) 69 69 68 73, S Thornton (Irl) 68 69 75 67, M Jiménez (Esp) 71 69 66 73,

 280 J Lima  (Por) 70 67 74 69, N Elvira  (Esp) 71 67 69 73, S Kjeldsen (Den) 70 70 71 69, J Hahn (USA) 71 66 70 73,

 281 S Hansen (Den) 68 66 75 72, J Doherty  (Sco) 69 71 68 73, J Parry (Eng) 71 69 69 72, J Krietemeijer (am) (Ned) 71 69 70 71,

 282 G Bhullar (Ind) 70 69 75 68,

 283 I Van Weerelt (Ned) 69 70 73 71,

 284 D Clarke (Nir) 73 67 70 74, B An (Kor) 72 68 72 72, J Quesne  (Fra) 70 69 71 74, W Besseling  (Ned) 68 72 71 73,

 285 D McGrane (Irl) 71 68 73 73, R Kakko  (Fin) 69 69 71 76,

 286 N Fasth (Swe) 70 70 70 76,

 287 M Crespi  (Ita) 71 69 70 77, D Huizing (Ned) 72 68 76 71, J Singh (Ind) 72 68 72 75,

 288 E Goya (Arg) 67 73 76 72,

 289 J McLeary  (Sco) 67 72 74 76,

Source: European Tour

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