17 Things You Didn’t Know About Paul Casey

Get to know 15-time European Tour winner Paul Casey a little better with these 17 facts...

15 Things You Didn’t Know About Paul Casey
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17 Things You Didn't Know About Paul Casey

1. He grew up playing at Foxhills in Surrey where he received a golf scholarship aged 11.

2. He had gone for a tennis scholarship there in 2010 but was unsuccessful.

3. He won the European Tour Player of the Year award in 2006.

4. He turned pro in 2000.

5. He attended Arizona State University.

6. He married his second wife Pollyanna in 2015, she is an English TV presenter known for working on the Gadget Show. They have two children named Lex and Astaria and live on a ranch in rural Arizona.

7. He won the English Amateur in 1999 and 2000.

8. At the 1999 Walker Cup he became the first player in 77 years to win all four matches.

Paul Casey with 1999 Walker Cup team

Casey (front right) on the 1999 Walker Cup team (Getty Images)

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9. His highest world ranking is 3rd.

10. He has won 15 European Tour titles and has 21 pro wins in total.

11. His passions are road cycling, mountain biking, music, cars, snowboarding and collecting Nike dunks trainers.

12. Nicknamed 'Popeye' because of the size of his forearms.

13. His long time coach is CBS analyst Peter Kostis.

14. He dislocated his shoulder whilst snowboarding in 2012.

15. He made a hole-in-one at the 2006 Ryder Cup during his foursomes match alongside David Howell. They were in command of their match, 4up with five to play as they headed to the par-3 14th. Casey took his 4-iron and proceeded to hole it and win the match. Europe would go on to win by 18.5 points to 9.5.

16. His best Major finish came at the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, where he ended in T2nd.

17. He represented Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where he narrowly missed out on a Bronze medal in a playoff.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x