Paul Casey Profile
|Born||Jul 21, 1977|
Paul Casey is a multiple winner on the PGA and European Tours who has represented Europe in the Ryder Cup and maintained his quality into his 40s.
Paul Casey is an English golfer, born in Cheltenham, brought up in Surrey and now living in Arizona.
Primarily based on the PGA Tour, he rose to a career high third in the World Golf rankings during the 2009 season.
Casey has picked up three wins on the PGA Tour and 15 on the European Tour.
Casey has never won a Major Championship, but finished tied for second alongside Dustin Johnson at the 2020 PGA Championship, behind Collin Morikawa.
Casey impressed at amateur level both at home in England and whilst at college in the US.
He won three consecutive Pac-12 Championships in 1998, 1999 and 2000. In the latter year, he broke Tiger Woods' championship record by five shots with a 23-under-par total.
Casey won the English Amateur title in 1999 and 2000. He was also part of the victorious Great Britain and Ireland 1999 Walker Cup team, becoming just the third player in 77 years to record four wins and no losses.
In 2001, Casey joined the European Tour and he earned a victory in just his 11th start at the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship.
He finished the season in 22nd place on the Order of Merit and won the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award.
His career in the paid ranks was up and running without any apparent difficulty.
Success in the 2000s
It took Casey 18 months to double his win count, but when the second victory came, in early 2003 at the ANZ Championship in Australia, the third came just three months later in the Benson and Hedges International Open at The Belfry. He finished the year sixth on the Order of Merit.
A year later he debuted in the triumphant European Ryder Cup team and also won the WGC World Cup for England alongside Luke Donald. Earlier in the year, at his first Masters Tournament, he finished sixth.
He started 2005 with Special Temporary Member status on the PGA Tour, but continued to play predominantly in Europe and he led the Order of Merit in 2006 until Padraig Harrington overtook him in the last event.
That year saw him win at Gleneagles for a second time and also claim the prestigious HSBC World Match Play Championship at Wentworth, beating Shaun Micheel 10 and 8 for a record-breaking final win.
In a triumphant year he also became the first player in Ryder Cup history to win a foursome match with a hole-in-one during Europe's dominant performance at The K Club in Ireland.
Casey re-joined the PGA Tour in 2009 and picked up his first win at the Shell Houston Open in April, beating JB Holmes in a playoff.
He also returned to Wentworth and earned a tenth European tour win in the circuit's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, beating Ross Fisher by a single shot and moving up to third in the world rankings.
Casey suffered a rib injury at the 2009 Open, which meant he was out for much of the second half of the year.
Into the 2010s
Casey struggled to recapture the magic of 2009 and endured 20 months without winning a tournament anywhere in the world.
He ended the drought with victory in the Volvo Golf Champions in early 2011 and, although he claimed a win in Korea later that year, his main tour success again dried up.
The second spell without success ended with success at the Irish Open in June 2013, beating Joost Luiten and Robert Rock by three strokes.
He then waited over a year before tasting more success in September 2014's KLM Open in the Netherlands. His second wife, Pollyanna, had given birth to their first child just two weeks prior to the competition.
In 2015, Casey gave up his European Tour exemption to focus on the PGA Tour. The recent birth of his child was cited as a reason why he wanted to cut down on travelling. He did not rejoin the European Tour in 2016, essentially giving up his spot in the Ryder Cup even though his form in 2015 and 2016 was impressive.
He had a change of heart in October 2017, rejoining the circuit in an attempt to make the European team for the 2018 match at Le Golf National.
"I want to play another Ryder Cup, and that's why I need to do this," Casey he told the Associated Press. "It's really important to me. But it's not just the Ryder Cup. I missed playing on the European Tour and being part of English golf. It's home. I know that I'm in Arizona and I'll continue to live there. But I missed a piece of me the last three years."
He then kicked off 2018 with a first PGA Tour win in nine years at the Valspar Championship.
And in September 2018, Casey was named as a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup and he went 1-1-1 at the event, halving his singles match with Brooks Koepka as Europe beat the United States 17.5 to 10.5.
In 2019, Casey defended his Valspar Championship with a one-stroke win over Jason Kokrak and Louis Oosthuizen. He also picked up a first European Tour win in five years at the Porsche European Open in Germany.
Casey has continued to show flashes of brilliance in the present era.
In August 2020, he threatened to win a first Major Championship, leading the PGA Championship at Harding Park through much of the final day before ending the week tied second behind Collin Morikawa.
In November, he opened the Masters with a 65 to sher the first round lead before drifting to T38th.
His 2021 got off to a blistering start with victory in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic which vaulted him back into the world's top 20.
Casey was married to Jocelyn Hefner from 2008 to 2011 before marrying TV presenter Pollyanna Woodward in 2015. They have two children.
Casey, like many English golfers who hail from the south, was a visitor to Wentworth as a child and he has since won twice at the course.
Paul Casey's net worth
According to Spotrac, Casey has earned over $33.2million since turning professional.
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