Paul Casey has yet to win a tournament on the PGA TOUR in 2017, but I imagine he’ll be fine with that stat if his first one comes in Atlanta. While he might not be the flashy pick this week, Casey has everything you look for out of a potential champion at East Lake.
Off the top, he’s playing some outstanding golf lately. With four top-five finishes in his last six starts, including both the Northern Trust and the Dell Technologies Championship, he’s clearly feeling it. As a matter of fact, his T33 finish at the BMW Championship was just his second time outside the top 25 since the Arnold Palmer Invitational. That’s not just six days or six weeks of good golf. That’s six full months.
What about course history? Casey has played the Tour Championship three times in his career, and he’s never finished worse than fifth.
Ranked fourth in greens-in-regulation and fifth in strokes gained: tee-to-green, Casey has fought through some putting struggles this season. Over the last three weeks, though, he’s largely turned that around, and he’s feeling confident again on the greens. That’s the type of feeling he’ll look to channel into the season finale this week.
At tenth in the FedEx Cup points, he’ll need a little bit of help to win the big prize, but that all starts with winning the tournament. If he retains the focus he’s had all year, he’ll have a great shot.