|Full name||Paul Alexander Casey|
|Born||21 July 1977|
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)|
|Residence||Weybridge, Surrey, England|
Scottsdale, Arizona, US
|College||Arizona State University|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour (joined 2005)|
European Tour (joined 2001)
|Highest ranking||3 (24 May 2009)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||1|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T4: 2016|
|PGA Championship||T2: 2020|
|U.S. Open||T7: 2021|
|The Open Championship||T3: 2010|
|Achievements and awards|
Early and personal life
Casey was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, but moved with his family to Weybridge, Surrey 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. The couple divorced in 2011, citing the impact of the demands of Casey's career on their marriage.
After they met at the Formula 1 Chequered Flag Ball at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Casey started dating television presenter Pollyanna Woodward. The couple got engaged during the Christmas period in 2013. Soon after, they welcomed their first son, Lex, on 1 September 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.
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 won the ANZ Championship and the Benson and Hedges International Open 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. Another highlight of his year was a sixth-place finish in his first Masters. 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, and was the leader of the European Tour Order of Merit in 2006, until Pádraig Harrington overtook him in the final event. He re-joined the PGA Tour in 2009.
In 2006, Casey won the HSBC World Match Play Championship at Wentworth, beating Shaun Micheel 10 and 8 in a record victory for the final. Casey became the only player in Ryder Cup history to win a foursome match with a hole-in-one on Saturday, 23 September 2006, in Ireland.
Casey sparked controversy in November 2004, when in an interview for the Sunday Times newspaper he reportedly said, of the US Ryder Cup team, "Oh, we properly hate them. We wanted to beat them as badly as possible". Several leading American golfers, including Fred Funk and Davis Love III, publicly dismissed the controversy surrounding Casey as tabloid mischief. Casey later apologised, saying the remarks were taken out of context and using the word "hate" was an error. Casey said he has an American coach (Peter Kostis) and an American girlfriend, and says he "has nothing against America".
Casey won his milestone 10th event on the European Tour at the 2009 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, where he won by one stroke over Wentworth resident and fellow Englishman Ross Fisher. This win vaulted Casey to a career high of 3rd in the Official World Golf Ranking. He had been ranked at No. 41 at the beginning of 2009. Casey suffered a rib injury at the 2009 Open Championship, limiting the amount of golf he could play in the second half of 2009.
In June 2013, Casey won his 12th European Tour title at The Irish Open to end a two-and-a-half-year winless drought, due to form and fitness problems. He captured the title with a final round 67 in changeable conditions, to win by three strokes over Joost Luiten and Robert Rock. He had begun the day four shots behind the leader Luiten, but a run of five birdies in six holes in the middle of the round opened up a three shot lead. It was reduced to one stroke, when Casey bogeyed the 15th and 16th, but a closing eagle on the par five 18th sealed the victory.
In September 2014, Casey won his 13th European Tour title at the KLM Open in the Netherlands, his first victory of the 2014 season. He took victory after posting a final round 66, putting him one shot ahead of runner up, and fellow Englishman Simon Dyson. He started the final round four strokes off the lead of Romain Wattel. The victory was especially emotional and gratifying as Casey's wife Pollyanna had given birth to the couple's first child two weeks prior to the event.
In 2015, Casey chose to give up his European Tour exemption and focus solely on the PGA Tour, citing a need to lessen his travel. In February 2015, Casey finished in a tie for second at the Northern Trust Open after losing in a sudden-death playoff to James Hahn. Casey finished the tournament at six-under-par, tied with Hahn and Dustin Johnson. After the trio all parred the first extra hole, Casey could only make a par on the second extra hole and was eliminated when Hahn and Johnson both got up and down for birdies from the green-side rough. Casey continued his good form in America the following week, when he finished in a tie for third at the Honda Classic, one shot outside a playoff. Two weeks later he equalled his 2004 performance by finishing tied for 6th place in the 2015 Masters.
In 2016, Casey finished 2nd at both the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship before finishing 4th at the Tour Championship to finish 5th in the 2016 FedEx Cup Playoffs, his best career performance in the Playoffs.
In December 2015, Casey chose not to rejoin the European Tour for the following 2016 season, which made himself unavailable to qualify for the 2016 Ryder Cup. Casey reached the 15th position in the Official World Golf Rankings, just prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup, due to his in-form performances in the PGA Tour playoff tournaments immediately before the Ryder Cup event. Casey admitted that he was hurt that he was not able to participate in the 2016 Ryder Cup, due to his decision then not to obtain European Tour member status, whilst others noted that England’s most in-form golfer then, was remarkably absent from the premier golf team event.
Casey rejoined the tour in late October 2017 with aspirations of making the European team for the 2018 match at Le Golf National. Casey remarked that he needed to play in another Ryder Cup, he missed the European Tour and being part of English golf. Casey was subsequently selected for the EurAsia Cup in January 2018. Casey scored two points out of a possible three and, ahead of the tournament, said he had 'no issues' speaking with 2010 Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, who infamously overlooked the then world No. 9 for a spot on the European team at Celtic Manor. However, Casey admitted that he was hurt by the omission from Team Europe of the 2010 Ryder Cup, by not scoring sufficient points to qualify for the team, whilst having never questioned the captain’s decisions on selecting individual picks for the team. Casey also acknowledged that he was not selected for the Ryder Cup teams in both 2012 and 2014, as he struggled with his golf game then.
Casey won the Valspar Championship in 2018, his first PGA Tour win in nine years.
In September 2018, Casey was named as a captain's pick by Thomas Bjørn for the European team participating in the 2018 Ryder Cup. Europe defeated the U.S. team by a dominant margin of 17.5 to 10.5 at Le Golf National outside Paris, France. Casey went 1–1–1 and halved his singles match against Brooks Koepka.
Casey missed a chance to win the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, when he failed to convert a three-stroke 54-hole lead. He was chased down and passed by Phil Mickelson, who claimed a three-stroke victory. Casey birdied the last during a Monday finish to claim solo second. He did however win the Pro-Am tournament with playing partner Don Colleran.
In September 2019, Casey won the Porsche European Open at Green Eagle Golf Course in Hamburg, Germany. Casey earned his 14th European Tour victory and his first since winning the KLM Open in 2014.
In August 2020, Casey finished tied for second at the 2020 PGA Championship along with Dustin Johnson, both finished two strokes behind Collin Morikawa. This marked his best career finish in a major championship and moved him to 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
In November 2020, Casey shot a seven under 65 to hold a share of the first round lead at the Masters. He ultimately finished the tournament T38, with subsequent rounds of 74-71-77.
In January 2021, Casey claimed his 15th European Tour victory, at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, with a four-stroke victory over Brandon Stone. The win saw him move back into the top 20 in the world rankings. In August that year, Casey finished in a tie for 3rd place at the Olympic Games. He lost in a 7-man playoff for the bronze medal.
- 1998 Pac-10 Championship
- 1999 English Amateur, Pac-10 Championship
- 2000 English Amateur, Pac-10 Championship
Professional wins (21)
PGA Tour wins (3)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||5 Apr 2009||Shell Houston Open||66-70-69-72=277||−11||Playoff||J. B. Holmes|
|2||11 Mar 2018||Valspar Championship||70-68-71-65=274||−10||1 stroke||Patrick Reed, Tiger Woods|
|3||24 Mar 2019||Valspar Championship (2)||70-66-68-72=276||−8||1 stroke||Jason Kokrak, Louis Oosthuizen|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)
|1||2009||Shell Houston Open||J. B. Holmes||Won with bogey on first extra hole|
|2||2015||Northern Trust Open||James Hahn, Dustin Johnson||Hahn won with birdie on third extra hole|
Casey eliminated by birdie on second hole
|3||2015||Travelers Championship||Bubba Watson||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
European Tour wins (15)
|BMW PGA Championships (1)|
|Other European Tour (14)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||26 Aug 2001||Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship||69-69-67-69=274||−14||1 stroke||Alex Čejka|
|2||9 Feb 2003||ANZ Championship1||45 pts (8-10-21-6=45)||4 points||Stuart Appleby, Nick O'Hern|
|3||11 May 2003||Benson & Hedges International Open||71-69-66-71=277||−11||4 strokes||Pádraig Harrington|
|4||20 Mar 2005||TCL Classic2||64-68-68-66=266||−22||Playoff||Paul McGinley|
|5||27 Nov 2005
|Volvo China Open2||71-69-70-65=275||−13||Playoff||Oliver Wilson|
|6||25 Jun 2006||Johnnie Walker Championship
at Gleneagles (2)
|67-71-66-72=276||−16||1 stroke||Andrew Marshall, Søren Hansen|
|7||17 Sep 2006||HSBC World Match Play Championship||10 & 8||Shaun Micheel|
|8||21 Jan 2007||Abu Dhabi Golf Championship||71-68-67-65=271||−17||1 stroke||Peter Hanson, Miguel Ángel Jiménez|
|9||18 Jan 2009||Abu Dhabi Golf Championship (2)||69-65-63-70=267||−21||1 stroke||Martin Kaymer, Louis Oosthuizen|
|10||24 May 2009||BMW PGA Championship||69-67-67-68=271||−17||1 stroke||Ross Fisher|
|11||30 Jan 2011||Volvo Golf Champions||67-67-66-68=268||−20||1 stroke||Peter Hanson, Miguel Ángel Jiménez|
|12||30 Jun 2013||The Irish Open||68-72-67-67=274||−14||3 strokes||Joost Luiten, Robert Rock|
|13||14 Sep 2014||KLM Open||68-70-62-66=266||−14||1 stroke||Simon Dyson|
|14||8 Sep 2019||Porsche European Open||66-73-69-66=274||−14||1 stroke|| Robert MacIntyre, Bernd Ritthammer,|
|15||31 Jan 2021||Omega Dubai Desert Classic||67-70-64-70=271||−17||4 strokes||Brandon Stone|
European Tour playoff record (2–1)
|1||2004||Celtic Manor Wales Open||Simon Khan||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|2||2005||TCL Classic||Paul McGinley||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|3||2005||Volvo China Open||Oliver Wilson||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Korean Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||2 Oct 2011||Shinhan Donghae Open||77-73-69-69=288||E||1 stroke||Kang Sung-hoon, Kim Kyung-tae|
Other wins (2)
|World Golf Championships (1)|
|Other wins (1)|
|No.||Year||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||21 Nov 2004||WGC-World Cup
(with Luke Donald)
|61-64-68-64=257||−31||1 stroke||Spain − Sergio García and Miguel Ángel Jiménez|
|2||31 Jul 2012||Telus World Skins Game||$185,000||$100,000||Jhonattan Vegas|
Results in major championships
Results not in chronological order in 2020.
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||T20||CUT||71||T27||T7||T47|
|The Open Championship||T3||T54||CUT||T47||T74||CUT||T11||T51|
|The Open Championship||T57||NT||T15|
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic
|The Open Championship||0||0||1||1||2||5||18||13|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 10 (2019 PGA – 2021 Open Championship, current)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (three times)
Results in The Players Championship
|The Players Championship||T10||CUT||CUT||CUT||T14|
|The Players Championship||CUT||CUT||WD||WD||T23||T22||CUT|
|The Players Championship||C||T5|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
C = Cancelled after the first round due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Results in World Golf Championships
Results not in chronological order before 2015.
1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
WD = Withdrew
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
NT = no tournament
"T" = tied
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
- Walker Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1999 (winners)
- Eisenhower Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2000
- St Andrews Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2000 (winners)
- Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 2004 (winners), 2006 (winners), 2008, 2018 (winners), 2021
- WGC-World Cup (representing England): 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 (winners)
- Seve Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2002 (winners), 2003 (winners), 2005 (winners), 2007 (winners), 2013
- EurAsia Cup (representing Europe): 2018 (winners)
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