England's Paul Casey triumphed in the TCL Classic yesterday after edging Irishman Paul McGinley with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death play-off. The 27-year-old Casey fired a final round of six-under-par 66 at Yalong Bay Golf Club for a 22-under-par 266 aggregate which was matched by McGinley, who equalled the course record with a round of of 63 that included five birdies on the trot from the 13th hole. After both players parred the first extra hole played on the 18th, McGinley found bunkers with his drive and then his approach shot to hand the advantage to Casey. The talented Englishman drained a glorious 25-foot birdie putt to seal his fourth career title on the European Tour. The US$1 million TCL Classic was jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour. Thailand's Chawalit Plaphol, South Korea's Kang Wook-soon and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn shared third place on 21 under par, while Scotsman Colin Montgomerie, the winner of this event when it was last played in 2002, finished a further stroke back following a 68 for sixth place. Montgomerie needed a top-two finish to break into the top-50 in the world and qualify for next week's The Players Championship. 'I felt I played good golf this week,' said Casey, who pocketed US$166,660. 'I love this course, this is a great layout and it reminds me of my home course and I felt at home all week in Sanya. I've been hitting the ball a long way, it's going silly distances and my short game has been good.' With McGinley, famous for holing the winning putt for Europe in the 2002 Ryder Cup, setting the clubhouse mark following his sizzling bogey-free effort, the rest of the title hopefuls had some nervous moments. Casey, the overnight co-leader, turned in 32 and saved pars on 15 and 17 and needed a crucial birdie on 16 to tie McGinley. He could have wrapped it all up in regulation but he left a potentially winning 12-foot putt at the last short of the cup. 'It was nice to be in the final group. I knew Paul was playing very, very well and had finished at 22 under when I was coming down 16. 'I knew what I had to do and it was nice to be in that position. My up-and-down [for birdie] on 16 was key. I also made a good save for par on 17,'' Casey said.