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.