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Despite closing bogey, Casey (65) again finds success at TPC River Highlands

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CROMWELL, Conn. – In a shocking upset, Paul Casey is near the top of the leaderboard at the Travelers.

Casey, who has twice been a runner-up at TPC River Highlands, was a bogey-free 6 under through 17 holes before dropping a shot at the last to open with 5-under 65, putting himself just one shot off the early pace.

“Some habits are good,” Casey flatlined, still upset he bogeyed the last. “Yeah, soon as you walk off, I mean, I'm still frustrated on that one.”

Once he got talking about the golf course, he lightened up.

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“You know, it fits my eye,” said Casey, who has broken par at River Highlands in 15 of 17 rounds. “It's a golf course I play well, and it's not an easy golf course. The rounds of golf shot by guys like Jim Furyk create a false illusion. It's not that easy.”

Afternoon rains made an already-gettable course even softer. And while that’s good for scoring, it wasn’t so good for Casey, who made his weather preferences quote clear.

“I don't like the rain. That's why I live in Arizona,” he said, really leaning into it. “I can't stand this, and I get it so often, ‘Oh, you're from England. You must be used to this.’ It's like, I'm not used to it; 22 years I've lived in the States. I'm not used to rain. I can't stand it.”

Unfortunately for Casey, who said he’s excited to get right back out on the course at 7:35 a.m. ET Friday, local forecasts call for a 40-to-60 percent chance from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m.