Paul Casey

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Paul Casey
Personal information
Full name Paul Alexander Casey
Born (1977-07-21) 21 July 1977
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 (2008–10; divorced)[1]
Partner Pollyanna Woodward (engaged)[2]
College Arizona State University
Turned professional 2000
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 2005)
Former tour(s) European Tour (joined 2001)
Professional wins 16
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
European Tour 13
Asian Tour 2
Other 2
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
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year

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.[3][4]

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. But after she abandoned an interior design course in 2010, the couple agreed to divorce.[1]

After they met at the Formula 1 Chequered Flag Ball at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Casey started dating television presenter Pollyanna Woodward.[2] The couple got engaged during the Christmas 2013/New Year 2014 period.[2]


His amateur career was distinguished. In the US he was the first man to win three consecutive Pac-10 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 seventy seven 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, ending that season 22nd on the order of merit and collecting 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.[5]

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 has an American coach (Peter Kostis) and girlfriend and says he "has nothing against America".[6]

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.[7] This win took him to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking.[8]

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.[3] He had been ranked at No. 41 at the beginning of 2009.[4] Casey suffered a rib injury at the 2009 Open Championship, limited 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.[9]

Casey won the 2012 Telus World Skins Game in Canada, having defeated Jhonattan Vegas in a tiebreaker during the event in July.[10]

In June 2013, Casey won his 12th European Tour title at The Irish Open to end a two and half-year winless drought due to form and fitness problems.[11] 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.[12]

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 week prior to the event.[13]

In 2014, Casey finished 95th in the FedEx Cup despite no top tens in 16 starts. He was playing out of the Past Champions category, with a number of sponsor's exemptions. For 2015, Casey chose to give up his European Tour exemption and focus solely on the PGA Tour, citing a need to lessen his travel.[14]

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 greenside rough. This result moved him up to 43rd in the FedExCup rankings. 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 of 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.

Amateur wins (5)

Professional wins (16)

PGA Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 5 Apr 2009 Shell Houston Open −11 (66-70-69-72=277) Playoff United States J. B. Holmes

PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

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 Hahn, United States Dustin Johnson Hahn won with birdie on third extra hole
Casey eliminated with par on second extra 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 Margin of
1 26 Aug 2001 Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship −14 (69-69-67-69=274) 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 −11 (71-69-66-71=277) 4 strokes Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
4 20 Mar 2005 TCL Classic1 −22 (64-68-68-66=266) Playoff Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
5 27 Nov 2005 Volvo China Open1 −13 (71-69-70-65=275) Playoff England Oliver Wilson
6 25 Jun 2006 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles (2) −16 (67-71-66-72=276) 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 −17 (71-68-67-65=271) 1 stroke Sweden Peter Hanson, Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
9 18 Jan 2009 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship (2) −21 (69-65-63-70=267) 1 stroke Germany Martin Kaymer, South Africa Louis Oosthuizen
10 24 May 2009 BMW PGA Championship −17 (69-67-67-68=271) 1 stroke England Ross Fisher
11 30 Jan 2011 Volvo Golf Champions −20 (67-67-66-68=268) 1 stroke Sweden Peter Hanson, Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
12 30 Jun 2013 The Irish Open −14 (68-72-67-67=274) 3 strokes Netherlands Joost Luiten, England Robert Rock
13 14 Sep 2014 KLM Open −14 (68-70-62-66=266) 1 stroke England Simon Dyson

1Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (2–1)

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 Margin of
1 20 Mar 2005 TCL Classic1 −22 (64-68-68-66=266) Playoff Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
2 27 Nov 2005 Volvo China Open1 −13 (71-69-70-65=275) Playoff England Oliver Wilson

1Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

Other wins (3)

Results in major championships

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T6 CUT DNP T10 T11 T20
U.S. Open DNP 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 DNP
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament CUT T38 CUT DNP DNP T6 T4
U.S. Open T40 CUT DNP T45 T56 T39 CUT
The Open Championship T3 T54 CUT DNP T47 T74 CUT
PGA Championship T12 T72 CUT T33 CUT T30 T10

DNP = Did not play
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 4 6 10 7
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 13 7
The Open Championship 0 0 1 1 2 3 14 9
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 14 9
Totals 0 0 1 2 8 14 51 32

Results in World Golf Championship events

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Cadillac Championship T8 T21 DNP T56 T9 T51
Dell Match Play R64 R64 R64 R64 QF R16
Bridgestone Invitational T17 T16 T19 T4 T51 T8
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Cadillac Championship T31 T6 T18 T51 DNP DNP T38 7
Dell Match Play 2 2 R32 DNP DNP DNP QF T51
Bridgestone Invitational WD T22 T45 DNP T27 DNP T17 T16
HSBC Champions WD T6 T4 DNP 20 DNP T23 T12

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances



See also


  1. 1 2 Brown, Oliver (8 November 2011). "Casey bounces back after form dipped during painful divorce". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 Corrigan, James (6 January 2014). "Paul Casey starts European Tour season by getting engaged to Pollyanna Woodward". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  3. 1 2 "Casey holds on for Wentworth win". BBC Sport. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  4. 1 2 "Casey Set on No. 1; Third-ranked golfer looking to justify his spot". New York Daily News. 17 June 2009. p. 54.
  5. "Week 3 – Paul Casey Wins the Abu Dhabi Championship and Reaches World Number 13". Official World Golf Ranking. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  6. "Casey apologises for 'hate' jibe". BBC Sport. 18 November 2004. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  7. "Casey clinches maiden PGA victory". BBC Sport. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
  8. "Week 14 – Paul Casey Wins the Shell Houston Open and Jumps to World Number Six". Official World Golf Ranking. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  9. "Paul Casey wins first title for 20 months in Bahrain". BBC Sport. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  10. "Paul Casey beats Jhonattan Vegas in skins game shootout". CBC Sports. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  11. "Former world No 3 Casey seals first win in over two years at Irish Open". Daily Mail. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  12. "Paul Casey captures the Irish Open". European Tour. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  13. 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.
  14. Casey forfeits Euro membership to focus on PGA Tour
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