Tour Championship: Casey Backed to Hold His Nerve

Tour Championship: Casey Backed to Hold His Nerve

Paul Casey leads going into the final round, and is fancied for Tour Championship success.

Paul Casey shot a brilliant five-under par round of 65 yesterday and now leads the Tour Championship by two shots. Casey hasn’t won in the USA for eight years, and has been given the unfortunate nickname of “Mr. Thursday”. Americans Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele are his closest rivals, and will hope to capitalise on Casey’s seeming inability to convert strong starts into tournament wins.

Punters are showing confidence in Casey holding his nerve. So far today we’ve seen a third of all bets placed the overnight leader to win the championship, including one £450 stake. He was priced at 16/1 pre-tournament, but can now be backed at 5/4 best price.

The chasing pack will be encouraged by Casey’s disappointing average final round score of 70.33. PGA Championship victor Justin Thomas and Kevin Kisner are the joint second most favoured for glory, both drawing 15% of bets this morning. 

There should be no shortage of motivation for Casey, who could still take the FedEx Cup title - and a $10m prize - with a win. The race for the FedEx Cup is still tight and theoretically could be won by any of the 30 players currently in the Tour Championship. With such a large prize fund, there is sure to be a few nervy golfers on course today.

Oddschecker spokesman, George Elek: “Paul Casey has always been the nearly man in golf, but could end that and earn his biggest ever career payday. He’s got the vote of confidence from our punters to end his tournament draught in Atlanta.”

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