The final round of the Valspar Championship was supposed to be all about Tiger Woods, but Paul Casey stole the show with a brilliant round of 65 to claim his first victory in almost four years. It was just reward for an oustanding run of consistently good golf for Casey, who has got himself into winning positions on several occasions over the last year without being able to get the job done. Over the past year the Englishman has finished outside the top 25 at only three tournaments, while it is 14 months since he last missed a cut.
It’s often said that major winners will have won other titles in the run up to the four majors and that was the case for Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth in 2017, while Justin Thomas had won three tournaments early in the season before going on to take the PGA Championship. With less than a month to go before The Masters, Casey can now put himself in that bracket and he could be on the verge of recapturing the form that saw him rise to third in the world rankings in 2009. From a best of 40/1 with Coral on Sunday, the 40-year-old has been cut to 28/1 with Bet365. In the last three years at Augusta he has finished sixth, fourth and sixth.
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