Monday, March 12, 2018

Paul Casey wins the 2018 Valspar Championship 

(The 18th of 44 events in the  US PGA TOUR Season)

Palm Harbor, Florida       Purse: $6,500,000 (winner: $1,170,000)
Innisbrook Resort and GC (Copperhead Course)   Par 71. Length: 7,340yds

Final-Round Notes – Sunday, March 11, 2018

Weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 74. Wind SSW 10-15 mph.

    Final-Round Leaderboard
Paul Casey
70-68-71-65—274 (-10)
Patrick Reed
71-69-67-68—275 (-9)
Tiger Woods
70-68-67-70—275 (-9)



+Russell Knox from Inverness finsihed T16 on 281 (69 74 66 72)

Paul Casey
With his birdie at the par-3 13th, his seventh of the day to that point, England’s Paul Casey became the first player to get to double digits for the week, 10-under par, and take the outright lead. He  parred  his final five holes to get in with a 6-under 65 and finish at 10-under 274. When Casey finished, the final group of the day was on the 12th hole. Casey began the final round five strokes back at 4-under 209.

With his win, Casey collects his second US PGA Tour victory in his 227th start at the age of 40 years, 7 months and 18 days. This week marked his 151st start since winning his first title at the 2009 Houston Open.

With the victory, Casey collects 500 points and moves from No. 39 to No. 8 in the FedExCup standings with 842 points. Casey has advanced to the TOUR Championship four times, including each of the last three seasons. He is now 12th in the Official World Rankings.

Casey wins in his seventh start of the season, with a T7 at the CIMB Classic and T8 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am his other top-10 finishes. He has yet to miss a cut this season. 

Casey wins in his fifth start at the Valspar Championship, and first since 2014 (MC). His best finish at Innisbrook before this week was a T37 in 2011.

Casey becomes the fifth international winner on the US PGA TOUR this season and second to hail from England (Justin Rose/World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions).

Casey has now collected 51 top-10 finishes, seven of which were runner-up showings.

Casey struggled off the tee in the first three rounds, hitting six, five and four of 13 fairways, respectively. In Sunday’s final round, he improved to nine of 13.

Casey played the “Snake Pit” holes (16-18) in 1-over for the week. Since 2013, no Valspar Championship winner has played the “Snake Pit” holes in better than even par.

Casey is the winner of 11 international victories, most recently being the 2014 KLM Open on the European Tour.

2017-18 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 5-5-1-1

PGA TOUR career starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 227-168-51-2

Casey’s stats for the week:
R1 – 6 of 13 fairways, 13 of 18 greens in regulation, 4/5 scrambling, 30 putts.
R2 – 5 of 13 fairways, 10 of 18 greens in regulation, 7/8 scrambling, 25 putts.
R3 – 4 of 13 fairways, 12 of 18 greens in regulation, 4/6 scrambling, 27 putts.
R4 – 9 of 13 fairways, 9 of 18 greens in regulation, 8/9 scrambling, 21 putts.

About Paul Casey
Height: 5-10
Weight: 180
Birthdate: July 21, 1977
Family: Wife, Pollyanna; Lex Samuel, Astaria Noelle
Birthplace: Cheltenham, England
Residence: Phoenix, Arizona / Weybridge, England
Education: Arizona State University
Turned Pro: 2000
Joined TOUR: 2004

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods made two birdies and one bogey in the final round, good for a 1-under 70 to finish T2 with Patrick Reed at 9-under 275. The finish marked his 30th runner-up finish and 187th top-10 in 332 PGA TOUR starts.

With his T2 showing, Woods is projected to move to No. 43 in the FedExCup standings.

With rounds of 70-68-67-70—275 (-9), Woods posted four-consecutive, sub-par scores in a tournament for the first time since the 2013 THE NORTHERN TRUST (T2).

Woods was seeking his 80th career victory, which would have brought him to within two of Sam Snead for most wins on the PGA TOUR (82).

This was Woods’ first start at the Valspar Championship. He has won nine titles in his 41 career tournament debuts.

Woods’ stats for the week:
R1 – 7 of 13 fairways, 9 of 18 greens in regulation, 5/9 scrambling, 25 putts.
R2 – 8 of 13 fairways, 11 of 18 greens in regulation, 6/7 scrambling, 26 putts.
R3 – 8 of 13 fairways, 14 of 18 greens in regulation, 3/4 scrambling, 28 putts.
R4 – 8 of 13 fairways, 14 of 18 greens in regulation, 3/4 scrambling, 32 putts.

Patrick Reed
Three years removed from his playoff loss to Jordan Spieth at the 2015 Valspar Championship, Patrick Reed bogeyed his 72nd hole to drop from a share of the 10-under lead, finishing instead at T2 with Tiger Woods at 9-under 275.

Reed, who began the final round three strokes off the lead at 6-under 207, was in search of his sixth PGA TOUR win and first since the 2016 THE NORTHERN TRUST in the FedExCup Playoffs.

At the 2015 Valspar Championship, Reed began the final round four strokes off the lead, before a final-round, 5-under 66 resulted in a spot in the playoff. He finished T2 with 2008 Valspar Championship winner, Sean O’Hair.

Sergio Garcia
Reigning Masters Champion Sergio Garcia made eight birdies in the final round, a tournament-best for a single round this week, and two bogeys to post a 6-under 65 and finish at 8-under 276 (4th). The 65 marks his lowest score in the event (24 rounds), supplanting a 66 from round two in 2011 (T15).

Garcia played the Copperhead Course’s four par-5s in 10-under for the week.

Garcia was making his third start of the season on the PGA TOUR this week (T33/The Honda Classic, T7/World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship).

Garcia, a 10-time winner on the PGA TOUR, was making his 323rd professional start on TOUR this week. This marks his 98th top-10 finish.

Miscellaneous Notes
Canadian-born rookie Corey Conners, who led outright in rounds one through three, posted a 6-over 77 in Sunday’s final round to finish at 3-under 281 (T16).

Sam Burns came into the week with 122 non-member FedExCup points in his quest for Special Temporary Membership. In order to achieve that this week, he needed to finish no worse than in a 2-way tie for third to earn the necessary 147 points, equaling No. 150 in the FedExCup in 2016-17 (Rick Lamb, 269 points). Burns’ T12 finish was worth 59 points, leaving him 88 points shy. Burns will be playing this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational on a sponsor invitation.

Playing on a sponsor invitation, 2010 Valspar Championship winner and 2010 FedExCup champion Jim Furyk made six birdies and one bogey to close with a 5-under 66 and finish solo-seventh at 6-under 278. This marked his first top-10 showing since a T6 at the 2016 The RSM Classic (T6). Furyk was making his 10th start in the Valspar Championship this week.

Bogey-free rounds:
R1: Jimmy Walker (69), Luke Donald (70).
R2: Tyrone Van Aswegen (65), Aaron Wise (67), Bill Haas (68).
R3: Russell Knox (66), Adam Scott (66), Austin Cook (69).
R4: Jamie Lovemark (68).



Post a Comment

<< Home

Copyright © Colin Farquharson

If you can't find what you are looking for.... please check the Archive List or search this site with Google