Casey continues 2021 form
Paul Casey continued his impressive form while Russell Knox made the biggest move of the weekend on the World Points List after their performances on the PGA TOUR.
Casey, aiming for his fifth Ryder Cup appearance, continued his fine season-opening form at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am by finishing in a tie for fifth at Pebble Beach after rounds of 68-67-71-68.
Since the start of the year, the three-time Ryder Cup winner is yet to finish outside the top 12 in four starts, with his best finish seeing the Englishman win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour.
A tie for eighth at The American Express and this week’s tied fifth finish in California on the PGA TOUR, added to his win in Dubai and a tied 12th finish at the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers have propelled the Englishman into the automatic places on the World Points List with 129.40 points.
With a 54% points return (4-3-5) across 12 matches at The Ryder Cup, Captain Pádraig Harrington will no doubt be hoping Casey’s 2021 form continues.
Scotland’s Russell Knox moved up ten places in the World Points List to 52nd with 26.99 points.
Rounds of 66-70-69-70 saw the 35-year-old finish in a tie for seventh in California and will be hoping to continue his form after narrowly missing out on a place on Thomas Bjørn’s team in 2018.
England’s Tom Lewis also showed promise on the Pacific coast by finishing in a tie for 14th after rounds of 66-69-74-69.
This bumped the Englishman up two places on the World Points List and into 23rd with 50.51 points, as he bids to make his Ryder Cup debut at Whistling Straits in September.
As it stands Tyrrell Hatton (4,373.64 points), Tommy Fleetwood (4,364.66 points), Jon Rahm (3,747.50 points) and Rory McIlroy (3,29.44 points) sit in the automatic qualification places on the European Points List.
Meanwhile, Victor Perez (136.66 points), Paul Casey (129.40 points), Danny Willett (99.92 points), Matthew Fitzpatrick (96.87 points) and Viktor Hovland (90.27 points) would qualify via the World Points List.
There will only be World Points available again next week as the PGA TOUR heads to The Riviera Country Club for The Genesis Invitational.