ORLANDO, Fla. – When Paul Casey and his caddie, John McLaren, arrived at the 17th green a familiar sight was waiting for them.
Casey’s tee shot at the par 3 dropped short of the green and into a bunker, leaving the Englishman with a buried lie.
“My third buried ball of the day,” Casey corrected when asked about the incident.
Casey, who was tied for third following his second-round 69 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, said he had similar buried lies at Nos. 9 and 15 on Friday.
“We actually worked on it the beginning of this week, buried one in a practice round, maybe even the pro-am as well and we genuinely worked on it, talked about technique and addressed that technique,” Casey said.
The extra practice led to mixed results for Casey, who bogeyed the ninth but scrambled for par at the 15th and 17th holes. He did, however, have a good laugh with McLaren after seeing his lie on No. 17.
“It was a genuine laugh and relishing the challenge which I think you've got to do around here anywhere in almost every Tour event you're going to do it,” Casey said. “You've got to do well to avoid all the trouble. We took it on the chin and look what happened when you have a smile sometimes - you get up and down.”