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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 16 Paul Casey

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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 16: Paul Casey

Born: July 21, 1977, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England | Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 (13 on European Tour) | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 2 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,488,311 (21st) | World Ranking: 26

Gary Williams' Take: I’m convinced Paul Casey will have the best year of his career for a number of reasons. First thing, he’s a happy man with a wife and child to play for, and if he can have a completely healthy year, he will win again on the PGA Tour. Secondly, he made a hard choice to renounce his membership on the European Tour in 2015 and made an even harder choice not to renew his membership for 2016, in a Ryder Cup year. Casey was snubbed from the 2010 team by Colin Montgomerie when he was in the top 10 in the world. Despite some changes to the required starts on the European Tour to retain membership, Casey opted to stay committed to the PGA Tour and will be ineligible for the European Ryder Cup team. It would fascinating to see Casey have a career year and what the reaction would be from European fans and media come September when Casey was absent from Hazeltine. That scenario is very possible.

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Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 47
Wins: 0
2015 Performance:
    Masters – T6
    U.S. Open – T39
    British Open – T74
    PGA Championship – T30
Best Career Finishes: 
    Masters – T6 (2004, '15)
    U.S. Open – T10 (2007)
    British Open – T3 (2010)
    PGA Championship – T12 (2010)
Top-10 Finishes: 6
Top-25 Finishes: 12
Missed Cuts: 17

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