Paul Casey was able to take the lead of the PGA Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida with a score of seven under Par 64 with no bogeys. He took a lead in the opening round of the $5.5 million dollar tournament by two strokes. Paul Casey started on the back nine and was able to make birdies on the last five holes to put Martin Laird from Scotland in second place along with Garrett Willis, Nick Watney and Scott Stallings, all from America. Nick Watney won the World Golf Championship title last Sunday at Doral.
Paul Casey went on to sink a birdie at the 11th hole which was a par 5, as well as the 14th and took another stroke at the 12th hole, which was a Par 4. He said that having a bogey free round is always nice and that it felt good that his game was going in the right direction. The play was stopped when fog rolled in with only three players needing to finish the last two holes on Friday morning, but none of them were anywhere near the lead. This is Casey's 7th event in the past nine weeks and his focus this year is aimed at claiming his first Major, looking to the upcoming Masters.
He said that he is trying to manage his schedule so that he is fresh and prepared for the majors, because his record has been struggling after a victory. He says he does not know why that is. Nick Watney was also starting off the 10th teen and he birdied three holes in the second nine to take seven under, but them bogeyed at the fourth hole and the eighth hole. Garrett Willis had four birdies in a row and Stallings had three in a row. Prior to those players on the leader board John Senden and his fellow sixth placers. Senden got 67 when he was penalized on the fifth hole.
Tags: PGA Transitions Championship
, Paul Casey
, Martin Laird
, Nick Watney