It’s no secret that I’ve been on the Paul Casey fan-train for quite a while this season. The 40-year-old Englishman has remained strong in 2017, and even though he hasn’t won on American soil since 2009, there’s only so many times you can put yourself in contention before breaking through again.
How many times is that? Well, we’re not sure yet, but with six top-ten finishes in just 20 starts so far, you have to think it’s coming close. If nothing else, it’s that type of consistency that has pushed Casey to 18th in the FedEx Cup.
Sure, that’s technically his worst Playoff ranking in the last three years, but there are still four more tournaments to go. Casey won’t be out here overpowering anybody on the course, but where he gets his edge is in the way he manages the field.
Casey hit just over 70 percent of his greens in regulation this year, good for third on the PGA TOUR. Ranked 33rd in proximity to the hole on approach, Casey didn’t even have to be a spectacular putter (124th in strokes gained: putting) to get the job done.
And hey, if the Augusta comparison is accurate? Casey’s finished in the top ten at the Masters each of the last three years. Just saying.