Casey on loss: 'Bottle of wine tonight, I'll be all right'


NORTON, Mass. – Paul Casey talked all week of positioning himself for a playoff run that would take him to the Tour Championship and, if things went his way, the FedEx Cup title.

Of course, he also talked of getting his first victory on the PGA Tour since 2009, so in the moments after losing a three-stroke lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship he wasn’t interested in moral victories.

“Not right now standing here,” said Casey, who closed with a 73 to finish second, two strokes behind winner Rory McIlroy. “I've played some great golf and I really feel like I'm trending in a really strong positive way. You know, the win is not too far away.”

Casey’s title bid was blown off course early. Literally, gusts to 25 mph on Monday at TPC Boston resulted in early bogeys at Nos. 2 and 5, and by the time he made the turn he was trailing McIlroy, who began the day six strokes off Casey’s pace.

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The Englishman cut the lead to one stroke with a birdie at the 13th hole, but was unable to convert a 58-footer for eagle at the 18th hole that would have forced a playoff.

Still, his runner-up showing moved Casey to 10th on the FedEx Cup points list and virtually assured him a spot at the Tour Championship.

“A bottle of wine tonight, I'll be all right,” Casey figured. “They always sting, but I'm happy with the way things are panning out . . . there's always next week.”