A psychological Paul Casey admitted he had not enjoyed a single minute of golf without fans until his winning turn at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic yesterday.

The Arizona-based Englishman’s round of 70 took him to 17 under par and sufficed to provide him a four-stroke accomplishment over Brandon Stone of South Africa, with Ryder Cup confident Robert MacIntyre another stroke back. Casey’s 15th European Trip win put him back into the world’s top 15 but was most likely more considerable in reviving his love of the game.

“I have actually not taken pleasure in a minute of it,” Casey, 43, said after enhancing his own Ryder Cup potential customers in front of the European captain Padraig Harrington, who completed joint 6th.