Paul Casey memorably ended a five-year wait for another win on the European Tour with his 14th Tour victory in 2019, and returns this week to defend his title at the 38th staging of the Porsche European Open.
Paul Casey, Porsche European Open
Last time around, Casey topped a tightly packed leaderboard during a thrilling finale on the demanding Porsche Nord Course.With just three holes remaining and tied at the top with Robert MacIntyre and Bernd Ritthammer, the Englishman holed a long birdie putt at the 16th which proved to be the turning point.
And now Casey, who is currently ranked 21st in the Official World Golf Rankings, arrives following a fourth=place finish at the US PGA Championship. He is joined in the field by Major Champions and fellow Ryder Cup stars Henrik Stenson and Martin Kaymer, as well as the Tour’s most recent winner Bernd Wiesberger, who set a new course record of 64 with Romain Wattel in the final round of this event in 2019.
The PGA Tour is back in the limelight with one of the most anticipated events of the greatest American men’s circuit, The Memorial Tournament. In Dublin, Ohio, 120 players will compete from 3 to 6 June, including seven of the best ten in the world. However, the most awaited big player, Dustin Johnson, world number 1, will certainly be missing. As for the Top 10, Brooks Koepka and Tyrrell Hatton will also be absent. There will not even be Tiger Woods (who in July 2020 returned to play the tournament after 5 months of absence and who with 5 successes is the record holder of the competition), Phil Mickelson and Francesco Molinari, with the Turin still knocked out due to a back injury that it had already forced him to forfeit the PGA Championship, the second men’s major 2021.
Among the big names in the race, the Spaniard Jon Rahm, reigning champion, who with the success obtained in 2020 conquered world leadership for the first time in his career. The Iberian (third in the ranking) will try to become the first player since 2001 (the last to succeed was Woods) to make the back-to-back.
From Justin Thomas to Bryson DeChambeau (winner in 2018), from Hideki Matsuyama (king of The Masters this year and scoring at The Memorial in 2014) to Rory McIlroy. These are some of the champions who will take part in The Memorial. A total prize pool of $ 9,300,000 is up for grabs. For a show beyond sport.
At Muirifield Village Golf Club, spectators who have not yet been vaccinated will be given the opportunity to do so by administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.