In a week that proved tough for British golfers in Delhi and California; Paul Casey came within touching distance of the trophy at Riviera.
The PGA Tour was played out at Riviera Country Club in California this week, the field consisted of only three British golfers, Casey was alongside Luke Donald and Brian Davis neither of which made it to the weekend. Casey carried the hopes of British golfers on his shoulders through the weekend.
Through the four days, Casey shot -1, -2, par, and -3 on the final day to move into first place.
On the final day he made birdies at 16 and 17 put him in the lead at seven under before missing a tournament-winning par-putt at 18 to go into a playoff with James Hahn and Dustin Johnson.
He holed out from 16ft at the par-3 16 to make a two, whilst Johnson made par and Hahn bogeyed. Casey lead going into the last hole, but pushed his drive right, meaning he could not for the green in two shots, he then had an 18ft putt to win the tournament, which he left 15″ short. He then holed out to go into a playoff with the two Americans.
The first playoff hole, the 18th, was halved each of the three players making par, Casey was then eliminated in the next hole playoff hole, the 10th, making a par-4, whilst his two competitors made birdies. Hahn then went on to win on the third playoff hole, making a 27ft putt for birdie, winning his first tournament on tour.
The European Tour took place under the tournament of the Hero Indian Open at Delhi GC in New Delhi this weekend and with limited British names on the card again, there’s not a lot to talk about.
Richard McEvoy deserves a mention finishing tied seventh, two shots off the lead, winning 33,826 points in terms of the Race to Dubai. He will be happy with his performance for sure, as he doesn’t often finish near the top of the leaderboard having only eight top ten finishes since he began back in 2001.
Ben Evans was the next Brit, down in 12th position shooting a solid two-under-par.
In terms of the Race to Dubai, Danny Willett still remains in first place, Ross Fisher has been pushed down to third after Indian, Anirban Lahiri’s win in Delhi.
And with not many of the world’s top players not in action until next week, the world top-15 did not change, so it is still promising for Justin Rose and co.
I for one am looking forward to the Honda Classic on the PGA Tour next week, with the return of Rory alongside the world’s top players!
The European Tour heads to South Africa next week for the Joburg Open, and with some of the more promising Brits on show, such as Andy Sullivan, Tom Lewis and Tyrell Hatton, hopefully there will be more to discuss next week.
I’ll be back next week, with the updates on the British Olympic hopefuls, in the mean time check out my twitter page @FairwaytoRio in the next couple of days.