NORTON, MASS. – Paul Casey wonders too why he’s only won once on the PGA Tour.
He knows part of the reason is because he arrived when Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were in their primes, which cut significantly into everyone else’s chances of winning, particularly for Casey who tried to play both the PGA and European Tours, which meant hopscotching the globe.
There have been other issues – various injuries and a difficult divorce – but the fact is Casey is 1-for 193 on the PGA Tour.
That may change Monday.
Helped by a brilliant eagle on the par-5 finishing hole at TPC Boston, Casey will take a three-stroke lead over Brian Harman into what is expected to be a wind-tossed final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Casey is a good wind player but with the remnants of Hurricane Hermine lurking off the New England coast and a forecast anticipating gusts of 30 miles per hour and higher for a good portion of Monday, the conditions could be the wild-card.
“Depends on how bad it is,” said Casey, who has strung together three consecutive rounds of 66 to sit atop the leader board at 15-under par. “Maybe it’s a case of just trying to get in at a certain number, maybe that number’s 15-(under).
“I don’t know what it might be, a couple better than that. Maybe it turns into a match play situation, you’ve got no idea.”
Harman is closest to Casey but Smylie Kaufman, Jimmy Walker and Kevin Chappell sit four back. Given the expected conditions, it could be a turbulent final round.
For Casey, who abandoned his European Tour membership and therefore wasn’t eligible for the European Ryder Cup team this year, Monday could give him a second Tour win to go with his victory at the Shell Houston Open in 2009 when he climbed as high as No. 3 in the world rankings.
“Recently, I’ve got no excuses (for not winning),” Casey said. “But I’ve been doing a lot of hard work so let’s hope it pays off.”