Paul Casey is an English professional golfer. He was born on July 21, 1977 in Cheltenham, England, and now currently resides in Weybridge, England and Scottsdale, Arizona (if in the United States). He studied at Strode’s College, Egham before transferring to Arizona State University under a golf scholarship.
In the U.S., Casey established his amateur career by winning Pac-10 Championships in three consecutive years (1998, 1999, and 2000). In 2000, he broke Tiger Woods’ scoring record with a 23 under par 265. He also won the English Amateur twice – 1999 and 2000, and he was also a member of Ireland and Great Britain’s 1999 winning Walker Cup team.
Casey turned pro in 2000, and went on to win the Scottish PGA Championship in 2001. 2002 reaped no victories for Casey, but he managed to bounce back in 2003 with 2 wins – ANZ Championship and Benson and Hedges International Open. In 2004, Casey was not able to garner individual titles; however he was a member of the winning European Ryder Cup team as well as the winning duo (with partner, Luke Donald) of the WGC-World Cup representing England. By 2005, Casey won the TCL Classic, and grabbed three victories in 2006 – Johnnie Walker Championship (held at Gleneagles), Volvo China Open, and HSBC World Match Play Championship.
Over the course of his professional career, Casey has won 13 victories, 1 of them in the PGA Tour and 11 on the European Tour. However, he has yet to win a Major Championship event. Casey is a recipient of the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award, given to him in 2001. For a time, Casey was featured as the highest ranked Englishman in the Official World Golf Rankings.
In 2009, Casey won the BMW PGA Championship that was held at the Wentworth Golf Club. This victory catapulted Casey to his career highest rank ever attained, No. 3. Unfortunately, he was injured at the 2009 Open Championship, which affected his play for the rest of the season.
Recently, Casey was able to win the Volvo Golf Champions that was held in Bahrain. The said tournament was held in January 2011, and it was Casey’s first victory after a 20-month lull.