Paul Casey

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.[2][3]

Paul Casey
Paul Casey 2008 US Open cropped.jpg
Casey at the 2008 U.S. Open
Personal information
Full namePaul Alexander Casey
Born (1977-07-21) 21 July 1977 (age 43)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality England
ResidenceWeybridge, Surrey, England
Scottsdale, Arizona, US
Jocelyn Hefner
(m. 2008⁠–⁠2011)

(m. 2015)
CollegeArizona State University
Turned professional2000
Current tour(s)PGA Tour (joined 2005)
European Tour (joined 2001)
Professional wins20
Highest ranking3 (24 May 2009)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
European Tour14
Asian Tour2
PGA Tour of Australasia1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT4: 2016
PGA ChampionshipT2: 2020
U.S. OpenT10: 2007
The Open ChampionshipT3: 2010
Achievements and awards
European Tour
Player of the Year
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year

Early and personal lifeEdit

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. But after she abandoned an interior design course in 2011, the couple agreed to divorce.[4]

After they met at the Formula 1 Chequered Flag Ball at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Casey started dating television presenter Pollyanna Woodward.[5] The couple got engaged during the Christmas period in 2013.[5] Soon after, they welcomed their first son, Lex, on 1 September 2014. They married January 2015.

Amateur golf careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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.

Casey has featured in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking and was the highest ranked Englishman for a time. In January 2007 he reached a career high of No. 13 in the rankings.[6]

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".[7]

Casey earned his first PGA Tour win on 5 April 2009 by defeating J. B. Holmes in a one-hole playoff at the Shell Houston Open.[8] This win took him to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking.[9]

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.[2] He had been ranked at No. 41 at the beginning of 2009.[3] 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 January 2011, Casey won the Volvo Golf Champions tournament in Bahrain, which was his first win for 20 months.[10]

Casey won the 2012 Telus World Skins Game in Canada, having defeated Jhonattan Vegas in a tiebreaker during the event in July.[11]

Casey (left) celebrates after winning the 2009 BMW PGA Championship.

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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15] 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.

After making himself unavailable to qualify for the 2016 Ryder Cup through not being a member of the European Tour, Casey rejoined the tour in late 2017 with aspirations of making the European team for the 2018 match at Le Golf National.[16] He was subsequently selected for the EurAsia Cup in January 2018.[17] He scored two points out of a possible three and, ahead of the tournament, said he had 'no issues' with 2010 Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, who famously overlooked the then world No. 9 for a spot on the European team at Celtic Manor.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

In March 2019, Casey successfully defended his Valspar Championship title with a one-stroke victory over Jason Kokrak and Louis Oosthuizen, to claim his third PGA Tour title.

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.[21]

In August 2020, Casey finished tied for second at the 2020 PGA Championship. 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.

Amateur wins (5)Edit

Professional wins (20)Edit

PGA Tour wins (3)Edit

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)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
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 with par on second hole
3 2015 Travelers Championship   Bubba Watson Lost to birdie on second extra hole

European Tour wins (14)Edit

BMW PGA Championships (1)
Other European Tour (13)
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
(2006 season)
Volvo China Open2 71-69-70-65=275 −13 Playoff   Oliver Wilson
6 25 Jun 2006 Johnnie Walker Championship
at Gleneagles
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,
  Matthias Schwab

1Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia
2Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (2–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
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

Asian Tour wins (2)Edit

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

1Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

Asian Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2005 TCL Classic   Paul McGinley Won with birdie on second extra hole
2 2005 Volvo China Open   Oliver Wilson Won with birdie on first extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 9 Feb 2003 ANZ Championship1 45 pts (8-10-21-6=45) 4 points   Stuart Appleby,   Nick O'Hern

1Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

Korean Tour wins (1)Edit

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)Edit

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   SpainSergio García and Miguel Ángel Jiménez
2 31 Jul 2012 Telus World Skins Game $185,000 $100,000   Jhonattan Vegas

Results in major championshipsEdit

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

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
Tournament 2019 2020
Masters Tournament CUT T38
PGA Championship T29 T2
U.S. Open T21 T17
The Open Championship T57 NT
  Top 10
  Did not play

WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 5 8 14 10
PGA Championship 0 1 0 1 2 5 18 12
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 5 17 11
The Open Championship 0 0 1 1 2 4 17 12
Totals 0 1 1 3 10 22 66 45
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (2007 Masters – 2009 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Players Championship T10 CUT CUT CUT T14 CUT CUT WD WD T23 T22 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Championship T8 T21 T56 T9 T51 T31 T6 T18 T51 T38 7 T16 T12 T3
Match Play R64 R64 R64 R64 QF R16 2 2 R32 QF T51 R16 T17 R16
Invitational T17 T16 T19 T4 T51 T8 WD T22 T45 T27 T17 T16 T5 T31 T27
Champions WD T6 T4 20 T23 T12 T11 T16 T38
Tournament 2020
Championship 11
Match Play NT1
Invitational T67
Champions NT1

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Top 10
  Did not play

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.

Team appearancesEdit



See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ a b "Casey Set on No. 1; Third-ranked golfer looking to justify his spot". New York Daily News. 17 June 2009. p. 54.
  4. ^ Brown, Oliver (8 November 2011). "Casey bounces back after form dipped during painful divorce". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b Corrigan, James (6 January 2014). "Paul Casey starts European Tour season by getting engaged to Pollyanna Woodward". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Week 3 – Paul Casey Wins the Abu Dhabi Championship and Reaches World Number 13". Official World Golf Ranking. 22 January 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Casey apologises for 'hate' jibe". BBC Sport. 18 November 2004. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Casey clinches maiden PGA victory". BBC Sport. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
  9. ^ "Week 14 – Paul Casey Wins the Shell Houston Open and Jumps to World Number Six". Official World Golf Ranking. 5 April 2009. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Paul Casey wins first title for 20 months in Bahrain". BBC Sport. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  11. ^ "Paul Casey beats Jhonattan Vegas in skins game shootout". CBC Sports. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  12. ^ Murray, Ewan (1 July 2013). "Paul Casey on road to recovery after winning Irish Open". The Guardian.
  13. ^ "Paul Casey captures the Irish Open". European Tour. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  14. ^ Corrigan, James (14 September 2014). "Paul Casey 'over the moon' after victory, while Andy Sullivan wins a trip to space". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  15. ^ "Casey forfeits Euro membership to focus on PGA Tour". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  16. ^ Inglis, Martin (30 October 2017). "Paul Casey gives Ryder Cup boost to Team Europe". bunkered.
  17. ^ Inglis, Martin (23 November 2017). "Paul Casey back playing team golf for Europe". bunkered.
  18. ^ Inglis, Martin (11 January 2018). "Paul Casey 'never had an issue' with Monty". bunkered.
  19. ^ "Europe wins back Ryder Cup, beating US 17 1/2-10 1/2". The Hamilton Spectator. The Canadian Press. 30 September 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  20. ^ "After solo second, Casey hopes to achieve goal at Genesis Open". PGA Tour. 11 February 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  21. ^ Speros, Bill (8 September 2019). "Paul Casey proves prophetic with victory in European Open". Golfweek. Retrieved 9 September 2019.

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