Paul Casey has told tournament officials he will not be competing next week in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Marana, Ariz.
The Englishman, who was the runner-up in 2009 and 2010, dislocated his shoulder in a snowboarding accident last month. Casey, who is ranked 23rd in the world, hopes to be ready to make his 2012 PGA TOUR debut at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in three weeks.
Casey will be replaced by South Africa's George Coetzee, who is ranked No. 66 in the world. Coetzee will be making his World Golf Championships debut.
The field for the Accenture Match Play Championship is comprised of the top 64 available players in the world rankings. World No. 11 Phil Mickelson has already said he won't play due to a family vacation so he was replaced by No. 65 Ernie Els.
Should another player withdraw Ryan Moore would be the next player in the field.
After battling a rib injury and turf toe over much of the last two seasons, a finally healthy Paul Casey was looking forward to a fast start in 2012.
His season’s debut has been delayed, though, after Casey dislocated his right shoulder in a snowboarding accident. According to the Associated Press, the Englishman will miss the first two months of the year.
As a result, Casey will miss the European Tour’s Middle East swing – including the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship where he is a two-time champion. His participation in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship – where Casey has two runner-up finishes in the last three years – could also be in doubt. The tournament is scheduled for the last week in February.
Casey closed the 2011 campaign out on a strong note with top-10 finishes in two of his last three PGA TOUR starts, as well as solo third at the Chevron World Challenge. He won twice last year at the Volvo Golf Champions on the European Tour and the Shinhan Donghae Open in Korea.
The late start to the season could also throw a wrench into Casey’s bid to make the European Ryder Cup team for the biennial matches in September at Medinah Country Club. He was ranked among the top 10 in the world two years ago but didn’t get one of Colin Montgomerie’s Captain’s Picks after failing to qualify automatically.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods is six holes away from his first win in two years -- if he can hold onto the one-shot lead he has over Zach Johnson.
Woods briefly had a two-shot advantage after back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10 and 11. but he gave one back with a bogey on No. 12. Woods has not played the last six holes at Sherwood particularly great this week with four bogeys, one double bogey and two birdies.
Johnson, meanwhile, is 1 over on the day, though he’s parred each of his last four holes.
Paul Casey is 3 under on his round and within three of the lead but he has just two holes left.
SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Paul Casey just teed off, and he still leads by one -- though Briny Baird and Troy Matteson have joined the group at 7 under with Ernie Els and Bud Cauley.
Coming off a course-record and season-best (in relation to par) 64, Casey leads at the halfway mark for just the second time in his career on the PGA TOUR. He held a share of the 36-hole lead at the 2009 Shell Houston Open, where he went on to claim his lone victory on TOUR.
Casey entered this week at No. 135 on the money list and is in search of his first top-10 on TOUR this year in what’s just his 14th start -- Casey has battled a foot injury much of the year. His best result of the season was a tie for 12th at the Northern Trust Open in his first start of the year in February.
Following his second-round 64, Paul Casey talks to Bob Stevens from the PGA TOUR Network on SiriusXM about his play in the 2011 Frys.com Open.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Paul Casey came into this week needing a good performance to climb back inside the top 125 on the money list to secure his TOUR card for next year. Getting healthy, however, is a bigger priority he admitted.
Since May, Casey has been battling a right foot injury -- most of that time he’s had a plate in his shoe and his toes were taped up. After a visit to Gary Gray and Dave Tiberio at the Gray Institute, though, Casey says he’s feeling about 70 percent.
“Going back a few weeks ago, I don't know where I would have put it,” said Casey, who, in layman’s terms, couldn’t turn his foot correctly because of the injury.
He’s getting better, however, and it showed on Friday in the form of a 64 to take the lead at 8 under halfway through the Frys.com Open. That, by the way, comes on the heels of a victory in last week’s Shinhan Donghae Open in Korea, which in and of itself doesn’t mean a whole lot other than the jet lag Casey was fighting due to a 16-hour time difference.
“It's the first time I've been on the golf course since making progress with the foot and the toes, and it was night and day,” Casey said. “Suddenly a little bit of confidence, the ball-striking is coming back.”
The result Friday? Eleven of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation. Not to mention just 26 putts, including a couple of birdies from long distance.
“It's nice to look up and know that the golf ball is actually going in the direction that I wanted it to go in,” Casey said. “which hasn't happened in a really long time.”
SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- While putting has been a problem for Tiger Woods, it hasn’t been one for Paul Casey.
Through 15 holes here in the second round, Casey has just 20 putts -- even more impressive when you take into consideration that he’s hit 12 of 15 greens in regulation. He’s also made a couple of lengthy ones, including a 37-footer on No. 16 and a 24-footer on the 17th, on his way to seven birdies and just one bogey.
Casey was especially hot with the flat stick on the back nine -- his first nine holes -- with seven one-putts. He’s cooled a bit since then, but he’s atop the leaderboard at 7 under with three holes left in his round.