Paul Casey

Paul Casey

Paul Casey
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Personal information
Full name Paul Alexander Casey
Born 21 July 1977 (age 41)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality  England
Residence Weybridge, Surrey, England
Scottsdale, Arizona, US
Spouse
Jocelyn Hefner (m. 2008–2011)
Career
College Arizona State University
Turned professional 2000
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 2005)
European Tour (joined 2001)
Professional wins 19
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
European Tour 13
Asian Tour 2
Other 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T4: 2016
U.S. Open T10: 2007
The Open Championship T3: 2010
PGA Championship T10: 2016
Achievements and awards
European Tour
Player of the Year
2006
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
2001

Paul Alexander Casey (born 21 July 1977) is an English golfer who is a member of the US-based PGA Tour. In 2009 he achieved his highest position, third, in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Casey was born in CheltenhamGloucestershire, but moved with his family to WeybridgeSurrey at the age of six. After attending Cleves School, Weybridge and then Hampton School, west London, he studied A levels at Strode’s College, Egham, Surrey. He then took a golf scholarship at Arizona State University.

In 2008, he married Jocelyn Hefner, a distant cousin of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. The couple lived a quiet life on a remote ranch in rural Arizona, where keen amateur horse woman Jocelyn competed in local equestrian events. But after she abandoned an interior design course in 2011, the couple agreed to divorce.[3]

After they met at the Formula 1 Chequered Flag Ball at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Casey started dating television presenter Pollyanna Woodward.[4] The couple got engaged during the Christmas period in 2013.[4]Soon after, they welcomed their first son, Lex, on September 1, 2014. They married January 2015.

Amateur golf career

His amateur career was distinguished. In the US he won three consecutive PAC-12 Championships (1998, 1999 and 2000). In 2000 he broke the championship scoring record held by Tiger Woods (18 under par) with a 23 under par 265. Back on the other side of the Atlantic he won the English Amateur in 1999 and 2000. He was also a member of Great Britain and Ireland’s winning 1999 Walker Cup team, where he was only the third player in 77 years to record four victories without a single defeat.

Professional career

Casey joined the European Tour in May 2001, and recorded a second in his fifth event and a win in his eleventh, the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship. He ended that season 22nd on the order of merit and won the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award. After a disappointing second season he had two wins in 2003, and came sixth on the Order of Merit.

Casey did not win any individual titles in 2004, but he was a member of the victorious European Ryder Cup team and also won the WGC World Cup for England in partnership with Luke Donald.

He joined the PGA Tour shortly afterwards as a Special Temporary Member and his membership of the 2004 European Ryder Cup Team qualified him for membership of the US based tour for the 2005 season. However he continues to play mainly in Europe.  He re-joined the PGA Tour in 2009.

Casey earned his first PGA Tour win on 5 April 2009 at the Shell Houston Open.

 

Professional wins (19)

PGA Tour wins (3)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 5 Apr 2009 Shell Houston Open 66-70-69-72=277 −11 Playoff United States J. B. Holmes
2 11 Mar 2018 Valspar Championship 70-68-71-65=274 −10 1 stroke United States Patrick ReedUnited States Tiger Woods
3 24 Mar 2019 Valspar Championship (2) 70-66-68-72=276 −8 1 stroke United States Jason KokrakSouth Africa Louis Oosthuizen

PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2009 Shell Houston Open United States J. B. Holmes Won with bogey on first extra hole
2 2015 Northern Trust Open United States James HahnUnited States Dustin Johnson Hahn won with birdie on third extra hole
Casey eliminated with par on second hole
3 2015 Travelers Championship United States Bubba Watson Lost to birdie on second extra hole

European Tour wins (13)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 26 Aug 2001 Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship 69-69-67-69=274 −14 1 stroke Germany Alex Čejka
2 9 Feb 2003 ANZ Championship 45 pts (8-10-21-6=45) 4 points Australia Stuart Appleby,
Australia Nick O’Hern
3 11 May 2003 Benson & Hedges International Open 71-69-66-71=277 −11 4 strokes Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
4 20 Mar 2005 TCL Classic1 64-68-68-66=266 −22 Playoff Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
5 27 Nov 2005
(2006 season)
Volvo China Open1 71-69-70-65=275 −13 Playoff England Oliver Wilson
6 25 Jun 2006 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles (2) 67-71-66-72=276 −16 1 stroke England Andrew Marshall,
Denmark Søren Hansen
7 17 Sep 2006 HSBC World Match Play Championship 10 & 8 United States Shaun Micheel
8 21 Jan 2007 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship 71-68-67-65=271 −17 1 stroke Sweden Peter Hanson,
Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
9 18 Jan 2009 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship (2) 69-65-63-70=267 −21 1 stroke Germany Martin Kaymer,
South Africa Louis Oosthuizen
10 24 May 2009 BMW PGA Championship 69-67-67-68=271 −17 1 stroke England Ross Fisher
11 30 Jan 2011 Volvo Golf Champions 67-67-66-68=268 −20 1 stroke Sweden Peter Hanson,
Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
12 30 Jun 2013 The Irish Open 68-72-67-67=274 −14 3 strokes Netherlands Joost Luiten,
England Robert Rock
13 14 Sep 2014 KLM Open 68-70-62-66=266 −14 1 stroke England Simon Dyson

1Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (2–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2004 Celtic Manor Wales Open England Simon Khan Lost to birdie on second extra hole
2 2005 TCL Classic Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley Won with birdie on second extra hole
3 2005 Volvo China Open England Oliver Wilson Won with birdie on first extra hole

Asian Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 20 Mar 2005 TCL Classic1 64-68-68-66=266 −22 Playoff Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
2 27 Nov 2005 Volvo China Open1 71-69-70-65=275 −13 Playoff England Oliver Wilson

1Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

Korean Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 2 Oct 2011 Shinhan Donghae Open 77-73-69-69=288 E 1 stroke South Korea Kang Sung-hoonSouth Korea Kim Kyung-tae

Other wins (2)

Results in major championships

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T6 CUT T10 T11 T20
U.S. Open CUT CUT WD 15 T10 T65 CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT T20 CUT 71 T27 T7 T47
PGA Championship CUT 66 CUT T59 CUT T40 T15
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT T38 CUT T6 T4 6 T15
U.S. Open T40 CUT T45 T56 T39 CUT 26 T16
The Open Championship T3 T54 CUT T47 T74 CUT T11 T51
PGA Championship T12 T72 CUT T33 CUT T30 T10 T13 CUT
 
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