May
16
2014
Paul Casey is back in the spotlight with an unreal back nine at the HP Byron Nelson
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Tour

Be in “the now” and shoot a 27 on the back nine

Paul Casey fired a back nine 27 at TPC Four Seasons to jump into a tie for second place at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.  Casey made the turn at one-over, and carded six birdies and an eagle to post a seven-under 63 in the second round.

According to PGATour.com, Casey’s 27 is tied for the second lowest nine-hole score on the PGA Tour.  Corey Pavin holds the record, 26, from the 2006 U.S. Bank Championship.

After the round, Casey mentioned he did not know how low he was going on the back nine, and referred to his state of mind as being in “the now.”  Focusing on each shot is the only way to not scare yourself out of a great round.  It may sound funny, but each birdie has the potential to bring negative thoughts about going “too” low.  The pros know how to deal with this, and are able to consistently post scores in the mid-to-low 60s.

Casey has not had a top-10 on the PGA Tour since 2011, but his game is improving.  He has made six of eight cuts this season, and has four top-25 finishes.  It is great to see him on the first page of the leaderboard after two rounds at the Byron Nelson, and hopefully he will contend this weekend.

–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)

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