ATLANTA – Paul Casey's plan for 248 yards on Friday the 18th Friday of the TOUR Championship was to use the 4th iron. Take it 234 yards and let it move toward the pin. The fan, wearing a red shirt behind the green, was the perfect target.
Then he swung. Hard contact. Casey followed the ball. Everything is fine. "It couldn't have been better looking," he said.
But after his ball leaped green in the main rough, Casey wondered: Did Caddy John McLaren give him the wrong yard? McLaren, nicknamed Johnny Longks, put his hand over his mouth, biting his tongue. He had no words.
Then Casey looked at his club and realized what had happened. Casey mistakenly took the 3rd iron out of his bag instead of 4. "
" Because, you know, we don't play a lot this week and it doesn't matter, "Casey said later, laughing at himself. [1
The Englishman ultimately equals 67 and a two-day total of 9 in the new Starting Strokes format. That leaves him in solo fifth place, just four shots from the leading title over the weekend at East Lake, and gives him a great start to his first FedExCup title.
Of course, he hopes to pull the wrong club. I will not go back to pursue him.
"It's all up to me," Casey said. "That's 100 percent. I keep my head. "
This is not the first time he has happened to an Englishman this year. He said there was another tournament in which he pulled the 3 instead of 4.
There is a perfectly reasonable explanation.
] "My 3-jacks and 4-irons are actually the same head," Casey said. "One is bent harder than the other. Clearly, I can't make out the difference when I left them.
With his ball hanging slightly to the left on a descending surface, he couldn't tell the difference between the length and the lie. All he knew was that
"To hit what wasn't easy, 248 yards long iron right at the gentleman I was aiming for, in the red shirt," Casey said, "I was pretty proud with himself. "
Until he looked at his club.
" Isn't it a crime? "Casey told a group of reporters." And you can have fun writing about it.
] "You are welcome. “