SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Winning in Korea may have been what the doctor ordered for Paul Casey. Taking last week's Shinhan Donghae Open, the Englishman flew across the Pacific for the Frys.com Open with the aim of keeping his PGA Tour card. He enters the final round two strokes off of Briny Baird's lead and in good position for his third worldwide win of the year.
Those good vibes which have infected Casey and his form this week at CordeValle may grab Rickie Fowler next week at the McGladrey Classic. Fowler won the Kolon Korea Open on the OneAsia Tour by six shots over Rory McIlroy for his first professional win.
Meanwhile in Northern California, Casey raved about the mental boost that came with his Korean win.
'I know it was, you know, the Korean golf tour, wasn't the PGA Tour, but a win is a win. Still coming down the stretch, the same juices flow,' he said. 'And it was nice to be back in that environment again. I kind of forgotten how to do it a little bit so far this year. It came back very quickly, and I think that there's no doubt that the reason I'm up there this week is because of that.'
Though Fowler had never won as a professional, he had been in the cauldron many times on the PGA Tour. Having now successfully navigated his way to his maiden title, Fowler tweeted his next goal.
He said: 'First win...[at the Korea Kolon Open] feels really good!! Now time to get my first on the [PGA Tour]!!'