Paul Casey – From Joy Of Valspar Win To Sadness Of Friend’s Funeral
A sad journey for Paul Casey after holding Tiger Woods at bay at the Valspar Championship
- Paul Casey won his first PGA Tour event since 2009 in the Valspar Championship
- The Englishman quickly boarded a plane for London for a close friend’s funeral
- Ian Colclough and his wife Mary who took him under their wing as a youngster
- Mary lost a long battle with cancer prior to the tournament in Florida
When Paul Casey joined Burhill golf club in Surrey as a youngster, it was Ian Colclough and his wife Mary who took him under their wing. They were such ardent supporters they drove nine hours from Weybridge to Gleneagles to witness his first victory as a pro in the Scottish PGA Championship in 2001.
On Monday, it was Casey’s turn to make the long journey. Following his success at a memorable Valspar Championship in Tampa on Sunday, the 40-year-old boarded a plane for London to be by Ian’s side for Mary’s funeral, after she lost a long battle with cancer.
Casey should have been at Bay Hill this week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, accepting the acclaim for his brilliant performance in beating Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed by a stroke with a final round 65 on Sunday.
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