Monday, March 25, 2019

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Paul Casey is the first to make it back-to-back titles at the Valspar Championship. (Getty Images)

Teeing Off

Twice as nice

The Snake Pit didn’t bite Paul Casey, a.k.a. "The Champ" according to his caddie's bib, as he earned his second victory at the Valspar Championship in two years. He becomes the first back-to-back champion in tournament history and the first player to successfully defend their title in the 2018-19 season. The 1-over 72, and a clutch shot from the bunker on the 72nd hole, sealed the deal for Casey.
"I'm getting older but I feel like I'm getting better," said Casey, who had to wait almost nine years in between his first win and last year's Valspar Championship. A gutsy performance on a tough Copperhead course earned Casey 500 FedExCup points and a check for $1.2 million.


It was a life-changing day for a young fan at the Valspar Championship. Paul Casey surprised 12-year-old Ronan, who is colorblind, with EnChroma glasses to help him see the ‘Most Colorful PGA TOUR Tournament in the World.’ Ronan was born with a color vision deficiency, which makes differentiating between colors problematic. The duo also got to play the 18th hole together. Cue the happy tears (and eyes). 


No player made more buzz this week than 17-year-old Akshay Bhatia. Making his US PGA TOUR debut as a high schooler (!!!), he may be golf’s next biggest thing. Ranked eighth in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and playing off a sponsor exemption, Bhatia belted a 332-yard drive on his opening hole (watch out DJ, Brooks and Champ). Despite missing the cut, you may want to keep tabs on him.


With spring break and the Florida Swing behind us, the TOUR is embracing the madness of March this week with a double header. While some are filling out brackets for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, others are heading down to the Dominican Republic for the Corales Puntacana Championship. DJ looks for back-to-back WGC titles after his win in Mexico, while Bubba attempts to defend his 2018 title at Austin Country Club. Tiger, a three-time champ of the event, returns for the first time since 2013 with his 33 match wins, the most in Match Play history. 62 of the world's top players will be fighting it out, Match Play style, for the W and 550 FedExCup points.
The madness doesn’t stop in Austin, though, as Brice Garnett looks to defend his wire-to-wire victory at the Corales Puntacana Championship. Zach Johnson, Vegas, and DL3 are among those competing at the Puntacana Resort and Club. Oh and let’s not forget, NFL analyst and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo is back for a second go on a sponsor invite. 300 FedExCup points and the victory are on the line.

Video Of The Week

The Turn

mic check

“I don't need to change the caddie bib for next year.” - Paul Casey on his caddie's bib which read "The Champ" for this week

by the numbers

3 - Straight weeks a European has won on the US PGA TOUR. Casey joins Francesco Molinari (Arnold Palmer Invitational) and Rory McIlroy (THE PLAYERS Championship).

12 - Spots Paul Casey climbed to get into the top 5 of the FedExCup standings.

275 - Yards away Russell Knox was when he holed out for albatross on No. 11. “It’s really cool to have an albatross,” said Knox
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