Casey Wittenberg earned his second Nationwide Tour win of the 2012 season on Sunday. He could have played in the Travelers Championship on the PGA TOUR thanks to his T10 finish in the U.S. Open but he decided to play in Wichita, Kansas instead to try to secure his 2013 PGA TOUR card and he has virtually done that thanks to his win.
It was actually a very difficult decision to make because he has been playing great golf and he played really well at The Olympic Club. While he knew that a great week at the Travelers Championship could have been life-changing, he also knew that he needed to stick to his original 2012 strategy of trying to secure his PGA TOUR card for 2013 on the Nationwide Tour. Now that he has virtually secured his PGA TOUR card for 2013, his goals have not changed all that much and he remains focused on playing as well as he can and improving where possible.
The game of golf has humbled him over the years since he finished runner-up in the 2003 U.S. Amateur and every experience he has had as an amateur and a professional – positive or negative – has been very valuable and he feels very fortunate to be in the position that he is in now because of the lessons he has learned over the years.
When he played with Tiger Woods in the final round of the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club, it was the second time he had played with him dating back to the 2004 Masters and whenever you have the opportunity to play with Tiger you are going to learn something and become better. He had a lot of fun being paired with Tiger on Sunday but it was unfortunate that Tiger did not play as well as he wanted to in the final round.
Now that he has won twice on the Nationwide Tour, the idea of a performance promotion to the PGA TOUR with a third win has certainly crossed his mind but he wants to stay focused on his overall goal of earning his 2013 PGA TOUR card and if he plays well that goal will be achieved whether he gets a performance promotion or not.