ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Paul Casey entered the Fall Series
needing to make a move up the money list to ensure himself of full
status on TOUR for the 2012 season. He made a move at the Frys.com
Open with his T7 finish. But the Englishman who has been battling a
foot injury for much of the season came to the McGladrey Classic at
No. 127 on the money list, still needing to make a move.
Friday’s even-par 70 could hamper his ability to make any
kind of move this week. The round left Casey at 1 under for the
week and tied for 53rd on the leaderboard, right on the cut line.
There are currently 73 players at that number or better, but any
upward movement for the cut line would leave Casey on the outside
looking in. Casey’s round got off to a good enough start. He
was 3 under through his first 10 holes before hitting his tee shot
in the water to the right of the second fairway, then three-putting
for a double bogey. From there, Casey had six consecutive pars then
a closing bogey on No. 9 to put his status for this weekend, and
next season, in jeopardy. The 34-year-old earned a two-year
exemption for his maiden TOUR victory at the 2009 Shell Houston
Open. He has made 10 cuts in his first 14 starts this season, but
has just one top-10 finish – his lowest total since he had
one in eight 2006 starts. Should Casey not make the cut and move
comfortably inside the top 125 this week, he can still retain his
status by entering and having a good showing next week at the
Children's Miracle Network Classic.