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Paul Casey: the season so far

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: April 24, 2020, 5:00 pm ET

Age: 42

 

World ranking (current/end of year)

Current: 24th
2019: 15th
2018: 22nd
2017: 14th
2016: 14th

 

Current 2020 Stats

FedEx Cup Rank: 92nd
Events: 7
Wins: 0
Top 10: 0
Top 25: 4
Made Cut: 7
Money: $618,214

 

Strokes Gained

Off-The-Tee: 20th (2019: 9th, 2018: 82nd, 2017: 42nd)
Approach: 9th (2019: 8th, 2018: 11th, 2017: 1st)
Around The Green: 209th (2019: 56th, 2018: 68th, 2017: 56th)
Putting: 215th (2019: 121st, 2018: 77th, 2017: 74th)
Tee-To-Green: 19th (2019: 6th, 2018: 26th, 2017: 7th)
Total: 87th (2019: 10th, 2018: 23rd, 2017: 6th)

 

Analysis

Casey fell out of the world's top 100 in 2012 but has ended each of the last five years ranked inside the world's top 25. He's down at 92nd in the FedExCup due to no top tens this season but he's 7-for-7 and has four finishes between 11th (WGC-Mexico on his last completed start - he'd opened with 74 at Sawgrass) and T21st. It's pretty easy to see why: the Englishman has been striking it great but poor short-game numbers have hurt his hopes of a high finish. Tee-To-Green is his obvious strength but his putting numbers have shown a year-on-year decline since 2017.

Grade so far: C+ 

 

Paul Casey 2020 quotes

The American Express (on busy schedule): "I feel like my season didn't really stop because I played all the way through. I had a lot of international commitment. I played the Australian Open (tied fifth), about the first, first or second week in December. So really my off-season's been very, very short and I feel like I've just kind of continued, continued my year, not really stopped, which is a bit strange, but I'm actually fine about it. I feel like the game's in a really good place. And normally this time of year I would still be trying to get going and learning where my game is at."

WGC-Mexico Championship (after a third-round 66): "I was happy with that. It's good stuff. A couple of blemishes here and there, but really I played some solid golf. Struck the ball nicely. It's getting better and better as the week goes on. I've worked hard on the putting because to be honest the putting is atrocious the last two weeks, and lost confidence on the greens (-5.808 SGP at Pebble, -3.489 at Riviera), so I've put it back this week, changed the putter up and worked hard on things. It's good, it's trending in the right direction."

WGC-Mexico Championship (on Chapultepec): “This golf course is treacherous. Weirdly enough, it kind of reminds me of Surrey golf (where he grew up playing). The greens are small. It's like poa. You can't read the greens very easily. In a way it's quirky; it's like English golf."

 

THE MAJORS (most recent result on the left)

The Masters: MC-15-6-4-6-DNP-DNP-MC-38-MC-20-11-10-DNP-MC-6

It's easily his best major and accounts for over 50% of his top ten count at this level (five here and nine overall). Last year's missed cut came as a surprise as he'd posted three top sixes and a T15 the previous four years. The T15 came after a closing 65 (played Amen Corner in birdie-birdie-eagle and threatened the course record of 63) so it's a venue where he's had plenty of joy. If the putter comes along for the ride, Casey can offer plenty of reward at Augusta National.

PGA Championship: 29-MC-13-10-30-MC-33-MC-72-12-DNP-15-40-MC-59-MC-66-MC

Just one top ten - and T10 at that - in 17 PGA starts is a mysteriously poor record for a player of his class. He's made 11 of 17 cuts. Could it get better at TPC Harding Park in August? He didn't play the 2005 WGC there but, as 36th seed, he reached the quarter-finals of the Match Play held at Harding Park in 2015 and took eventual winner Rory McIlroy to the 22nd hole. As for further California form, Casey was runner-up at Pebble Beach in 2019.

U.S. Open: 21-16-26-MC-39-56-45-DNP-MC-40-MC-65-10-15-WD-MC-MC

The three-time PGA TOUR winner has made six of his last seven cuts in the U.S. Open which is no mean feat in an event where many of the big names have a patchy record. He's posted T26 or better in each of the last three although his only top ten in 16 starts was way back in 2007 (Oakmont). However, make a note that he played this year's venue (Winged Foot) in 2006 and did well, recovering from an opening 77 to finish solo 15th.

Open Championship: 57-51-11-MC-74-47-DNP-MC-54-3-47-7-27-71-MC-20-MC-MC

Casey was T3 at St. Andrews in 2010 when playing in the final group and also T7 at Royal Birkdale in 2008 but those are his only top tens in 17 starts. In fact, take out The Masters and he's managed just four top tens in 50 majors. Royal St. George's hosts the next Open in 2021 and Casey's memories are poor: MC in 2003 after rounds of 85-71 and T54 in 2011 with 74-69-78-72. St. Andrews in 2022 will offer a better opportunity.

Dave Tindall
Dave Tindall is former golf editor at Sky Sports.com in the UK and has been writing betting previews for the European Tour since 1997. He can be reached via e-mail on tindall_david@hotmail.com and on Twitter @davetindallgolf.