There aren’t too many golfers who can boast going through nine holes in a score of 27, but Paul Casey can now join that elite club.
On the back nine at the Byron Nelson Championship, Casey joined over seven other golfers to have ever shot a score of 27 over nine holes.
The ultimate record was set by Corey Pavin, who shot a 26 in 2006 at the US Bank Championship, but not equalling that won’t concern Casey too much as his own impressive score fired him up the leaderboard.
The strangest thing about Casey’s back-nine score is that he had barely threatened to do anything of the sort over the opening nine holes.
He made bogeys on the third, fifth and the ninth with only one birdie in there, leaving him at two-over-par for the day as he got to the turn.
However, at the 10th things began to change for the Englishman and in a flash things appeared to click. A birdie came on this hole. Then another at the 11th. And all of a sudden momentum was on his side, as Casey started to make the game look easy.
He only made two pars for the rest of the day, making further shots up at the 13th, 14th, 15th and 18th whilst eagling the par-five 16th.
It brought his score for the day to seven-under-par and saw him move from struggling to make the cut to tied second in nine holes.
Casey is now only two shots behind the leader Brendan Todd, who is on eight-under for the tournament, and he admits that he lost track of the scoring as he played his brilliant back-nine.
"When my caddie told me, walking off 18, he was struggling to add it up," he said. "I think that's 28.' Genuinely, I had no concept of what I was doing out there,” the 36-year-old told reporters in Texas after his round.
"The seal was broken when I got to 10 and it spiraled from there.
"I had no concept of the score, I was still very much focused on trying to guarantee I was playing the weekend and then trying to give myself as long a line as possible."
Casey also admitted that he was loving his golf right now and he will go into the third day of the tournament full of confidence of continuing to push up the leaderboard.
If he is to get to the top of the leaderboard, which will require some more golf of the highest quality, then it will be his first win of the 2014 season, after only one top ten finish being his best display so far.
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