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(6) Paul Casey (Britain) 5.69 8. (7) Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 5.30 9. (8) Vijay Singh (Fiji) 5.26 10. (10) Camilo Villegas (Colombia) 4.84 11. (11) Robert Karlsson (Sweden) 4.58 12. (12) Sean O'Hair 4.52 13. (13) Steve Stricker 4.47 14....
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Paul Casey (Britain) $2299950 7. Tiger Woods $2166813 8. Zach Johnson $2032921 9. Steve Stricker $1960236 10. Retief Goosen (South Africa) $1755992 11. Kevin Na $1695869 12. Angel Cabrera (Argentina) $1690695 13. Brian Gay $1690375 14....
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Paul Casey

Paul Alexander Casey (born 21 July 1977) is an English golfer who is a member of the world's top two professional golf tours, the U.S.-based PGA Tour and the European Tour.

Casey was born in Cheltenham, but moved to Weybridge at the age of six. After attending Cleves School, Weybridge and then Hampton School, he studied A levels at Strode's College, Egham. He then took a golf scholarship at Arizona State University (one of an increasing number of young British golfers taking tertiary scholarships in the USA as sports scholarships are not part of the British university system). His amateur career was distinguished. In the U.S. he was the first man to win three consecutive Pac-10 Championships (1998, 1999 and 2000). In 2000 he broke the championship scoring record held by Tiger Woods (18 under par) with a 23 under par 265. Back on the other side of the Atlantic he won the English Amateur in 1999 and 2000. He was also a member of Great Britain and Ireland’s winning 1999 Walker Cup team, where he was only the third player in seventy seven years to record four victories without a single defeat.

Casey joined the European Tour in May 2001 and recorded a second in his fifth event and a win in his eleventh, the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship, ending that season 22nd on the order of merit and collecting the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award. After a disappointing second season he won the ANZ Championship and the Benson and Hedges International Open in 2003, and came sixth on the Order of Merit.

Casey didn't win any individual titles in 2004, but he was a member of the victorious European Ryder Cup team and also won the WGC-World Cup for England in partnership with Luke Donald. Another highlight of his year was a sixth place finish in his first Masters. He joined the PGA Tour shortly afterwards as a Special Temporary Member and his membership of the 2004 European Ryder Cup Team qualified him for membership of the U.S. based tour for the 2005 season. However he continues to play mainly in Europe, and was the leader of the European Tour Order of Merit in 2006, until Pádraig Harrington overtook him in the final event.

Casey has featured in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings and was the highest ranked Englishman for a time. In January 2007 he reached a career high of thirteenth in the rankings.

In 2006, Casey won the HSBC World Match Play Championship at Wentworth, beating Shaun Micheel 10 and 8 in a record victory for the final.

Casey became the only player in Ryder Cup history to win a foursome match with a hole-in-one on Saturday 23 September 2006 in Ireland.

Casey sparked controversy in November 2004, when in an interview for the Sunday Times newspaper he reportedly spoke disparagingly of the U.S. Ryder Cup team: "Oh, we properly hate them. We wanted to beat them as badly as possible" and also saying that Americans were quite insular. Several leading US golfers, including Fred Funk and Davis Love III, publicly dismissed the controversy surrounding Casey as tabloid mischief. Casey later apologised saying the remarks were taken out of context and using the word "hate" was an error. Casey has an American coach and girlfriend and says he "has nothing against America".

Casey earned his first PGA Tour win on 5 April 2009 by defeating J. B. Holmes in a one-hole playoff at the Shell Houston Open. This win took him to a career high of 6th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

DNP = Did not play WD = withdrew CUT = missed the half-way cut "T" = tied Yellow background for top-10.

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Paul Casey (Gaelic footballer)

Paul Casey is an Irish Gaelic footballer who plays for Dublin. He plays his club football for Lucan Sarsfields. He is a wing-back. Casey's father was a Paul has won four Leinster Senior Football Championship medals with Dublin in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He won a 2006 Sigerson Cup medal with DCU with a win over Queens University Belfast and was vice captain on this winning team. Captain was current Dublin team mate Bryan Cullen. Paul also won a leinster minor medal in 1999, and an Under 21 Leinster medal in 2002. Paul was on Dublin's winning team for the 2008 O'Byrne Cup winning team which defeated Longford in the final.

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2008 Ryder Cup


The 37th Ryder Cup Matches were held September 19-21, 2008 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Team USA won 16½ - 11½ to end the streak of three successive victories for Team Europe. This was Team USA's largest margin of victory since 1981, and the first time since 1979 the Americans had the lead after every session of play. Team captains were Nick Faldo for Team Europe and Paul Azinger for Team USA. Faldo's assistant was José María Olazábal, while Raymond Floyd, Dave Stockton and Olin Browne assisted Azinger.

With a total of 28 points available, 14½ points were required to win the cup, and 14 points for the defending champion to retain it. All matches were played over a maximum 18 holes.

The format differed from the last two Ryder Cup events. For the first time since 1999, the opening matches featured foursomes, chosen by US captain Paul Azinger who hoped to give his team an early advantage in Kentucky. Foursomes was used in the first sessions of every event since 1981 until European captain Seve Ballesteros opened with better ball (fourball) in 1997 at Valderrama. US captain Ben Crenshaw switched back to alternate shot in 1999 at Brookline, but the previous three Ryder Cup matches had started with better ball.

The top players for the USA (8) and Europe (10) as determined by their points performance (described below) received automatic selection. The remaining players on each team were selected at the discretion of the team captains. Team USA was finalized on September 2, while qualification for Team Europe ended on August 31. The Official World Golf Rankings shown are as of September 14, 2008, the last assessment issued before the Ryder Cup. The average ranking of the American team was 24.8 and that of the European team was 22.2.

Note: The leading player on the points list, Tiger Woods, was recovering from knee surgery and unable to compete.

The final line-up for the European team was announced after the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles on August 31, 2008. Søren Hansen, Oliver Wilson and Justin Rose were the last three automatic qualifiers after successful tournaments. Nick Faldo handed wildcards to Paul Casey and Ian Poulter.

The qualification process is the same as in 2006. Five players will qualify from the world point list, five players will qualify from the European points list, and the captain will have two picks. The world points list is simply the total world ranking points won during the qualifying period September 6, 2007 to August 31, 2008. The leading five players, not otherwise qualified from World Points List, on the European Points List will qualify for the team. The Ryder Cup European Points List is comprised of points (1 point = 1 Euro) earned by a European Tour Member during the qualifying period.

The selection process was changed for 2008. The qualification process started at the four majors in 2007 and resumed on January 1, 2008. Paul Azinger has four captain's picks, up from two in 2006. Criteria: Prize money earned in the 2007 major championships (Masters, U.S. Open, The Open Championship and PGA Championship -- one point for every $1,000 earned). Prize money earned in "official events" in 2008 from January 1 to August 11 (one point for every $1,000 earned, excluding the major championships and events played opposite major championships and opposite World Golf Championships). Prize money earned in the 2008 major championships (Masters, U.S. Open, The Open Championship, PGA Championship (two points for every $1,000 earned). Prize money earned in 2008 events played opposite the major championships and opposite World Golf Championship events between January 1 and August 11 (one-half point for every $1,000 earned). With the 2006 points system having been in effect prior to the 2008 points system being announced, it has been determined that all American players who finished in the top 10 in all official events from August 27 to November 5, 2006, will be awarded one-quarter point for every $1,000 earned.

The qualifying period began on September 6, 2007.

The morning foursomes began well for Team Europe, as they took the lead in all four matches within the first hour. However, things changed by the end of the morning, with Team USA ending the session up 3–1, marking the first time since the last American win in 1999 that Team USA held the lead at the end of any Ryder Cup session.

The afternoon session was almost a replay of the morning session. Team Europe led after the front nine in three of the four matches, but only won one. Team USA ended up with its largest lead after the first day since Europe was first included in the Ryder Cup in 1979.

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Pádraig Harrington


Pádraig Harrington (born 31 August 1971) is an Irish professional golfer. He has won three major championships: The Open Championship in 2007 and 2008 and the PGA Championship, also in 2008.

Harrington was born in Ballyroan, Dublin, Ireland, the youngest of five sons of Patrick and Breda Harrington. His father, "Paddy" (1933-2005), a Garda (Irish police officer) who played Gaelic football for Cork in the 1950s, was also a boxer and hurler, and played to a five handicap in golf.

The Ballyroan Parish is located in Rathfarnham, a middle class area in Dublin's Southside and the birth place of two other touring professional golfers - Paul McGinley and Peter Lawrie. Harrington attended local secondary school Coláiste Éanna at the same time, but not in the same year/class, as McGinley, giving it the unique distinction of having produced two Ryder Cup golfers. Rathfarnham is a great golf locality with several clubs on its margins; The Grange, Stackstown, Rathfarnham, Slade Valley, The Castle and Newlands.

After a successful amateur career, including winning the Walker Cup with the Great Britain & Ireland team in 1995, Harrington turned professional later that year, joining the European Tour in 1996. Harrington came to professional golf at a relatively late age, having studied accounting and working in the business for a number of years.

His first victory came quickly, in the 1996 Peugeot Spanish Open, but for the next few years the most remarkable thing about his career was the number of times he finished second in European Tour events without ever bettering that position, including four second places in five events in late 1999. However in 2000 he discovered a winning touch, and he had at least one win on the European Tour each year from then up to 2004. He has finished in the top ten on the European Tour's Order of Merit seven times, including second places in 2001 and 2002 and third places in 2003 and 2004 and eventually won the Order of Merit in 2006. Harrington won the European Tour Golfer of the Year award in 2007 and 2008.

Harrington's 2006 European Order of Merit win came after a titanic battle with Paul Casey and David Howell, which was won on the last hole of the last event. Sergio García bogeyed the 72nd hole in the season ending Volvo Masters to give Harrington a share of second place which earned him enough money to leapfrog Paul Casey to 1st place on the Order of Merit.

From around 2000, Harrington appeared with increasing frequency in the U.S. at the majors and World Golf Championships events, and as a sponsor's invitee. He won his first professional event in the U.S. at the Target World Challenge, a non-PGA Tour event hosted by Tiger Woods in 2002. In both 2003 and 2004 he was the runner up in the Players Championship, and in the latter year he won enough money on the PGA Tour as a non-member to earn an invitation to the end of season Tour Championship.

He took membership of the PGA Tour for 2005 and in March he won his first PGA Tour official money event at the Honda Classic, where he beat Vijay Singh and Joe Ogilvie in a sudden death playoff. In late June, Harrington snatched the Barclays Classic from Jim Furyk with a spectacular 65-foot eagle putt on the final hole for his second PGA Tour win. Two weeks later his father died from esophageal cancer on 11 July, the Monday night preceding the 2005 Open Championship, forcing Harrington's withdrawal.

Harrington has spent a considerable amount of time both in the top ten of the Official World Golf Rankings (250 weeks between 2001 and 2008) and as the highest ranked European golfer, his best ranking being third, which he achieved following his second Open Championship victory. He has also played for Europe in five Ryder Cups; losing in 1999 and 2008, but winning in 2002, 2004, and 2006. He has also won the par-3 contest at Augusta National, held the day before The Masters, in 2003 (tie) and 2004.

At the 2007 Open Championship, Harrington defeated Sergio García in a four-hole playoff at Carnoustie, becoming the first Irishman to win The Open Championship in 60 years, and the first ever from the Republic of Ireland. Both players went into the playoff having shot a 7-under 277 for the championship. Harrington subsequently won by one stroke in the playoff.

A year later at the 2008 Open Championship, it was unclear if he would get a chance to defend his Open title at Royal Birkdale as eight days prior to the event he injured his wrist. But Harrington successfully defended his title, overcoming a 2-shot deficit to Greg Norman with a final round 69. He shot a four-under-par 32 on the back nine, which enabled him to pull away from Norman and Ian Poulter. His eagle on the par-5 17th all but sealed the tournament. He is the first European golfer since James Braid in 1906 to retain the Claret Jug. The win moved him from fourteenth to third in the world rankings, behind only Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Just three weeks after winning the Open Championship, Harrington won the PGA Championship for his third major. Although at five over par after two rounds, he shot eight under par for the weekend, carding successive scores of 66 in the third and fourth rounds. His three under par 277 was two shots ahead of Sergio García and Ben Curtis. Harrington became the first European to win the PGA Championship in 78 years (Tommy Armour in 1930), and is the first winner from Ireland.

Aside from Tiger Woods, who has won consecutive majors three times (2000, 2002, and 2006), Harrington is the first golfer to win two majors in the same year since Mark O'Meara in 1998 and the first to win consecutive majors in the same year since Nick Price in 1994. Furthermore, aside from Woods, he is the first golfer to win three of six consecutive majors in 25 years, since Tom Watson accomplished the feat in 1983, something that only four other players - Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Lee Trevino had previously achieved since the modern "Grand Slam" of four majors began to be recognized in the 1950s.

This latest major win has secured Harrington's position as the number one player in Europe, earning him the number one spot in the European Ryder Cup team under Nick Faldo.

Harrington is coached by Bob Torrance, the father of former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance.

Harrington has known his wife Caroline since childhood, they were married in 1997 and have two sons: Patrick, born in 2003, and Ciarán, born in November 2007. After Harrington's Open win in 2007, Patrick was caught on microphone asking his father if they could 'put ladybirds in it' (referring to the trophy). Following his win in 2008, there were some light-hearted references to this in a subsequent interview, whereupon Harrington suggested that it was more likely that Patrick would now want snails in the trophy.

Harrington is a distant cousin of 1995 World Series of Poker champion and author Dan Harrington and NFL quarterback Joey Harrington.

Harrington's given name "Pádraig" is the Irish Language version of the name Patrick, which is in common usage in Ireland. His four older brothers have Irish names as well (Tadhg, Columb, Fintan, and Fergal).

Harrington's caddy since 2004 is Ronan Flood, who is also his brother-in-law. Flood married Susie Gregan, the sister of Pádraig's wife, in 2007. Flood is a former assistant bank manager who plays to a two handicap, and is the younger brother of one of Harrington's boyhood friends.

After leaving school Padraig mixed amateur golf with studying Accountancy. He passed his final exams in 1994 to gain admittance to ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants). Strictly, he cannot say he is a member of the ACCA, as he has not gained the practical experience required, although he is examinationally qualified.

DNP = did not play CUT = missed the half-way cut "T" = tied for place Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

1Cancelled due to 9/11 DNP = Did not play QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play "T" = tied NT = No Tournament Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

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2009 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

The 2009 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship was the 11th WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship played from February 25-March 1, 2009, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain. The purse was $8,500,000, one of the largest in golf. The tournament marked the return of Tiger Woods to the PGA Tour. He was out eight months following knee surgery and rehabilitation.

Geoff Ogilvy continued his success at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship defeating Paul Casey in the finals 4 & 3. Coming into the final Casey had not trailed in any of his first five matches. It was Ogilvy's second win in the event and marked the third time he advanced to the finals in four years. He moved his record in the event to 17-2. The win also moved Ogilvy into second place alone in World Golf Championships wins.

The Championship was a single elimination match play event. The field consisted of the top 64 players available from the Official World Golf Rankings as of the February 16 ranking, seeded according to the rankings. All of the top 64 players in the February 16 ranking participated in the event, the first time in the tournament's history that has happened.

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Martyn P. Casey

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Martyn Paul Casey (born 10 July 1960) is an Australian rock bass guitarist. He is best known as a member of The Triffids and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. He is also a member of Nick Cave's new band, Grinderman. Casey plays either his Fender Precision Bass or Fender Jazz Bass.

Casey joined The Triffids in 1983 (replacing Will Akers - who left as a result of drug related convictions), following which the band released its second EP, Bad Timing and Other Stories (April, 1983), the group then having saved up money from support slots with the Hoodoo Gurus, The Church and Hunters and Collectors, went on to record and release their debut 12-inch vinyl album, Treeless Plain, for Hot Records, a Sydney independent label.

In late 1984 The Triffids moved to London, and recorded the EP Field of Glass. The band's line up stabilised with the addition of 'Evil' Graham Lee on pedal steel guitar. In August, 1985 they recorded their second album, Born Sandy Devotional, with Gil Norton (Echo and the Bunnymen). The group were hailed by the British media, were featured on the John Peel show and supported Echo and the Bunnymen.

In 1986 with delays in releasing Born Sandy Devotional the Triffids returned to Western Australia where they built an eight-track machine inside a shearing shed on the McComb family's farming property and recorded their third album In The Pines. Born Sandy Devotional was eventually released in March, 1986, it reached # 27 on the UK charts and #64 in Australia. On their return to the UK, they signed a three record deal with Island Records. In 1987 armed with the considerable budget of £125,000, and the production skills of Gil Norton, David McComb and a new recruit, Adam Peters, concocted the lush orchestrations of the poignant "Bury Me Deep in Love" and the melancholic wide-screen atmosphere of the subsequent Calenture album. Despite the release of another two tracks from the album as singles, "Trick of the Light" and "Holy Water", Calenture didn't have the commercial impact expected of it.

In 1989, the "Goodbye Little Boy" single featured in the Australian TV soap opera Neighbours. 1989 also saw the Triffids record their last studio album, The Black Swan in England, with producer Stephen Street. Despite being well received, the album wasn't an overwhelming success, which disappointed David and the rest of the band to the point where they decided to dissolve the band. In order to fulfill their contractural obligations with Island Records a live album recorded in Stockholm, Stockholm was released in 1990 the year after the Triffids split up.

In 1989 Casey joined Bottomless Schooners of Old (made up of former Triffids and members of Chad's Tree), a precursor to the The Blackeyed Susans. He replaced Phil Kakulas who left for Sydney to play with Martha's Vineyard. Casey however did not appear on any of the band's recorded material and departed shortly after to join Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Casey joined Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on bass in 1990 while the band was touring behind their record The Good Son. Casey replaced departing guitarist Kid Congo Powers (The Cramps, The Gun Club), allowing the band's previous bassist, Mick Harvey, to take on the guitarist role. The line up of Nick Cave, Harvey, Blixa Bargeld, Conway Savage, Casey and Thomas Wydler then produced the 1992 album Henry's Dream. The next album was Live Seeds, released in September, 1993, which reproduced many of the Henry's Dream songs in a more raw setting.

The Bad Seeds' went onto to release Let Love In (April, 1994) which contained classic tracks such as "Do You Love Me?", "Red Right Hand", and "Loverman". This was followed by band's biggest commercial success to date, Murder Ballads (February, 1996), which was a culmination of Cave's long-time fascination with "the language of violence" and allowed for further bold experimentation in musical style. Collaborations with Kylie Minogue and PJ Harvey on the singles "Where The Wild Roses Grow" and "Henry Lee" respectively led to mainstream chart success and The Bad Seeds widest exposure ever. This album also saw the addition of two new Bad Seeds, Warren Ellis (The Dirty Three) on violin, and Jim Sclavunos on percussion.

March, 1997 saw the release of The Bad Seeds' tenth studio album, The Boatman's Call, one of the most critically acclaimed releases by the Bad Seeds. The following year saw the release of The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, a collection that spanned the group's entire history. Over the next two years Nick Cave spent working on a variety of projects, with the Bad Seeds going into hiatus.

In 2000 the band entered London's Abbey Road Studios, resulting in the April 2001 release of No More Shall We Part. The next album Nocturama was released in February 2003 to moderate critical success. The fourteenth studio album, Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (September, 2004) was a double CD. It was the first album by the band in which Blixa Bargeld did not take part (Bargeld leaving the band to devote more time to Einstürzende Neubauten), drumming duties were split for the two albums, having Thomas Wydler and Jim Sclavunos drum on each CD.

In March 2008, the band released their 14th studio album, titled Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, inspired by the Biblical story of the resurrection of Lazarus of Bethany by Jesus Christ.

After heavy touring throughout 2005 with The Bad Seeds in support of Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus, Nick Cave began writing songs on guitar, an instrument he'd rarely played. His rudimentary playing gave the new material a rawer feel than much of the Bad Seeds' output.

The group entered the Metropolis Studios in London to record the original Grinderman demos and it was this material that would eventually become the basis for the band's debut album Grinderman. The album was recorded with producer Nick Launay in April at the RAK studios, London and mixed in October at the Metropolis Studios.

Grinderman was released in March 2007. The band made their live debut at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Somerset the following month. This was followed by a one-off show at The Forum in London on the 20th of June.

Grinderman opened for The White Stripes at their Madison Square Garden show on July 24th 2007, followed by several of their own American tour dates. The band then embarked on a theatre tour of Australia, opening for a Nick Cave 'solo' set, which consisted of the same band members.

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