So far, Phil Mickelson and Harris English were the only players in the top-100 to withdraw from the event, but now, following his continuous problems with injury, Casey has joined them, with the 44-year-old making just seven worldwide starts so far in 2022 because of his back issue.
Since making his PGA Championship debut in 2002, Casey has only missed the tournament once, with the Englishman finishing runner-up in 2020 and in a tie for fourth last year.
In 2022 though, he has only been able to feature in a handful of events, with his best result coming at The Players Championship in March. Following the third place finish, Casey withdrew from the Valspar Championship, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, the Masters, despite participating in its par-3 contest, and the Wells Fargo Championship.
Now, Casey adds the PGA Championship to that list, with Scotland's Russell Knox taking his place in the field and making a Major return for the first time since 2019.
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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