Paul Casey Goes Back to Back at the Valspar Championship
Palm Harbor, FL – After making bogey on the par 3 17th during his final round, Paul Casey (-8) kept his nerve with a clutch par on 18 to beat Jason Kokrak and Louis Oosthuizen (-7) at the 2019 Valspar Championship. Casey, the 41-year-old Englishman who last won at this event in 2018, got it done with rounds of 70, 66, 68, and 72.
Scoring during the week was as difficult as it has been in any event on Tour this year. Heading into the weekend, only six shots separated the lead and the cut line. The Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort proved to be one of the most difficult tests of the year, with no player in the field able to shoot all four rounds in the 60s.
Heading into the final round, defending champion Paul Casey held a one shot lead on Dustin Johnson with a pack of chasers two and three shots back that included Jason Kokrak, Louis Oosthuizen, and Scott Stallings. While Johnson had a disappointing round of 74, several others did well to come from behind and challenge Casey at the top, including Bubba Watson and Sungjae Im (T4 at -6).
In addition to those players in the mix on Sunday, the tournament featured several other notable performances. Luke Donald reemerged from his long leaderboard absence and showed that he is still capable of playing the kind of golf that once made him the number one player in the world. After rounds of 67, 70, and 70, he finished with a 73 for a -4 total to finish T9.
Another storyline from the week was the world’s number one junior player, 17-year-old Akshay Bhatia making his PGA Tour debut. Despite shooting +4 the first two days and missing the cut, Bhatia held his own on a difficult golf course alongside major winners and PGA Tour veterans and showed golf fans why he plans to skip college and go pro, making him one to watch closely in the future.
Next week, most of the world’s top players will head to Austin Country Club for the World Golf Championships – Dell Technologies Match Play. Bubba Watson will defend his title in an event that gives golf fans a rare opportunity to see the world’s top players play the game in the match play format. An opposite field event will also take place in the Dominican Republic at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.
Paul Casey What’s In The Bag
Driver: TaylorMade M4 10.5° (Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70TX)
3 Wood: TaylorMade M1 15° (Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80TX)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 52°-08F, 56°-10S, Vokey Prototype 60° (Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 TX)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 350-SSS
Ball: Titleist Pro V1