Casey makes FedExCup comeback with bright blue driver

Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:41am EDT
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By Larry Fine

ATLANTA (Reuters) - It has been one long comeback for Paul Casey, who has overcome a host of problems to find himself in hot contention at the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.

Casey has struggled through personal issues and injuries but after logging a five-under 65 on Thursday, the 38-year-old Englishman was sole second behind Henrik Stenson of Sweden after the first round of the final event of the FedExCup playoffs.

In 2010, three-times Ryder Cup player Casey challenged to win the $10 million bonus for capturing FedExCup playoff honors at East Lake and had a shot at winning both the U.S. and European money lists.

"Then there was divorce after that and other injuries," Casey told reporters on Thursday. "Yeah, it's been a long road.

"Even starting out this season, committing to the PGA Tour, not knowing how that was going to pan out, not being in the top 50, it's very satisfying to be here. We haven't won yet this year, but I've got time to fix that. Just."

Casey has come close this season, notching two seconds and two thirds among seven top 10s. He had no top 10s in 31 U.S. starts in the three previous years.

But Casey's bad run looked to strike again when he was forced to withdraw from this month's Deutsche Bank Championship, the second FedExCup playoff event, when his back acted up.

"I pulled out of Deutsche Bank with back issues, which I never really had before and that was just muscular, the back spasmed and wouldn't let go and I couldn't compete on the weekend," he said.   Continued...

Paul Casey tees off the third hole during the first round of the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club. Sep 24, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports