Casey Goes Back to Back at Valspar PDF Print E-mail


Paul Casey celebrates at the Copperhead Course after winning back to back.

Palm Harbor, Florida - Entering Sunday with a one-stroke lead over World

No.1 Dustin Johnson, Paul Casey figured the pressure was not on him to

repeat because he was playing against the best in the game. Relishing the

underdog role despite sitting atop the leaderboard, Casey played a steady

plodding final round while the field struggled on perhaps the most arduous

track the Florida swing could provide. The Copperhead at Innisbrook Resort

has never been a pushover, proving year after year that if you can get to

double digits under par, you'll likely win. The 2019 edition at Innisbrook

resort proved no different, with Casey doing just enough on Sunday to

get the job done. His Sunday 72 (+1), and 8 under par total was enough

for a one stroke victory to become the first repeat winner in the history

of the Valspar Championship.


Dustin Johnson never put together a charge of any kind, in fact, he went

birdie-less in his 3 over par final round of 74.

Jason Kokrak looked like Casey's main competition on Sunday, but stumbled

coming home, bogeying the last to finish a shot back at 7 under par - finishing

in a tie for second with Louie Oosthuizen. Oosthuizen bogeyed the par 4 - 16th

all four rounds and lamented afterwards, " I would love to comeback next year

and see if I can make a par on that hole."


For Paul Casey who missed the cut just the week before at the Players,

this was validation and a sweeter taste then last year's title. "Today was a

very different attitude to maybe I had the last three, four years, and an

attitude that I had, and a comfort and relaxed approach - confidence in my

game. I still felt Dustin was the favorite, but it didn't mean I didn't think I

could beat him."


The victory was Casey's third PGA Tour career win and moves him to fourth

in the current Fedex Cup standings.



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