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Paul Casey has lavished praise on Robert MacIntyre after out-duelling the young Scot to win the Dubai Desert Classic.

Casey, 43, claimed his 15th European Tour title at the expense of MacIntyre at Emirates Golf Club, turning his one-shot overnight advantage into an eventual four-shot victory.

However, the Englishman admitted to be hugely impressed by his 24-year-old playing partner, insisting that he would love to partner him in this year’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

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“He’s got a very good demeanour,” said Casey. “I think the main thing is that I couldn’t really see a weakness there. Great attitude. He’s a good ball-striker. A lot of good attributes, good player. He’s got a good brain.

“You know, I’d feel very comfortable standing next to him on the first tee at Whistling Straits. He’s only going to get better and better and better, and pretty fearless.

“He’s got a very strong possibility of being on Paddy’s Ryder Cup team come later this year. He was brilliant. He was great to play with, and you can’t always say that about guys. Really, he actually, if anything, helped me. So thanks, Bob.”

Casey declared himself “over the moon” to win the Dubai Desert Classic, particularly after last year’s COVID-19 impacted season.

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“Last year was just rubbish,” he said. “I didn’t enjoy last year. So yeah, this is really cool.

“I’m in a good position. Golf courses are open in Arizona, which you can’t say about a lot of places and I feel for my mates back in the UK where everything is shut. I’ve taken advantage of that and I’ve worked hard and played a lot of golf. And I’m like, I’m just going to make the most of this.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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