Englands Dynamic Duo


04 WGC-EMC World CupOne of the most astonishing things that happened in a surprisingly busy late-in-the-year week in golf took place Sunday at a golf course in Spain.
Thats where Luke Casey and Paul Donald. . . . I mean Luke Donald and Paul Casey. . . . or was it Casey Donald and Luke Paul. . . .
These two Englishmen played so well together in the alternate shot portion of their victorious march through the World Cup that it was hard to know where ones game ended and the others began.
Their winning total of 31 under par was good enough to beat the homestanding Spaniards by a shot. Sixteen of those 31 strokes under par came in the foursomes matches, played Friday and Sunday. In fact the Brits birdied 18 of the 36 holes they played when they were playing each others golf ball.
And, most amazingly of all, Casey stroked 16 of those 18 birdie putts.
I can, Casey said afterward, be a streaky putter.
It was the understatement of the week.
Donalds reaction when the dust cleared in Seville: Party on.
Before the event began Casey, and to a lesser degree, Donald ignited a firestorm of controversy with remarks aimed specifically at newly-appointed American Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman and at Americans in general.
The comments were unflattering. And there was immediate fallout. The Acushnet Company which makes, among other things, Titleist golf balls, announced it had reached mutual agreement with Casey not to renew his endorsement contract which expires at the end of the year.
Donald and Casey apologized, sort of, but not before insisting that Casey had been quoted out of context. It reminded me of the time, years ago, when Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said this: I dont care what that tape recorder said, I didnt say that. Then there was the time Charles Barkley famously insisted he was misquoted in his autobiography.
But I digress.
To their credit, Casey and Donald, didnt let the public relations bonfire off the course detract from the golf conflagration they had ignited inside the ropes.
Its amazing, Casey said, to shoot 16-under in the foursomes.
My personal experience with Casey is that hes a good kid and not at all mean-spirited. There are players on both sides of the Atlantic who dont completely agree. Some will tell you his nickname is pillow because hes so full of himself.
This much I know for sure. We will be hearing a lot from Casey and Donald on and, perhaps, off the golf course in the years to come. Whether we like it or not.
Casey is 27 years old. Donald is 26.
Ive not enjoyed whats happened early in the week, said Paul Casey late Sunday. This is a nice way to finish it.
Party on.
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