In a season in which he has been plagued by a turf toe, Paul Casey is No. 136 on the money list and stands to lose his PGA Tour card. After a Friday 66, however, the Englishman is in position to earn status for 2012 and beyond. Casey trails Fredrik Jacobson by three shots after two rounds of the WGC-HSBC Champions.
“One of the best rounds of golf I’ve had in a long time. Everything was very solid,” Casey said.
Though the money for this tournament is unofficial, a win is official for members of the PGA Tour. Were Casey to win the tournament, he would earn a three-year exemption. He would also earn points toward the European Ryder Cup team, from which he was omitted in 2010.
“Ryder Cup points are already starting and things like, that there’s a lot to play for,' Casey said. 'And this is a WGC event. So, yeah, the season’s not over yet. Although I kind of feel like I’m working towards next year already.'
Despite his frustrating year on the PGA Tour, Casey won on the European Tour in Bahrain in January. The week prior to the Frys.com Open, he won in Korea. This tournament, however, would take the 2011 cake.
“The world’s best are here this week,” he said. “I like being on top of these leaderboards. I just want to be on top of this leaderboard when Sunday finishes.”