Victory Roundup – Paul Casey successfully defends the Valspar Championship

by Maura Hutchinson

Paul Casey proved he has what it takes to handle the pressure on a Sunday. Battling his way to stay at the top of the leaderboard and win the Valspar Championship for the second consecutive year.

The 41-year-old was the overnight leader in Florida, but a disappointing start to the final round meant Casey dropped three shots on the front nine, leaving room for challengers to start applying the pressure. In the end, Casey was able to hold his nerve, beating Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Kokrak by one-shot.

Casey’s latest win makes him the first-ever back-to-back champion at the tournament and gives the English golfer his third PGA Tour title. It also moves Casey up to number 11 in the world, his highest ranking since June 2011.

“Today wasn’t easy. The golf course was so difficult that it’s darn near impossible to go around and not make mistakes. But I was composed and keen to play well, and I did,” Casey told reporters yesterday.

Adding, “I’m getting older, but I feel like I’m getting better.”

Check out Casey’s winning gear from Innisbrook:

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M1
Irons: Honma Tour World Forged TW-U; Mizuno MP-25; Mizuno MP-5
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 350 SSS Prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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