Casey has secondary aims

12 February 2019 03:40:05 EST

Paul Casey might have fallen short of victory in the delayed finish to the AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am but he is heading to his next start in this week's Genesis Open full of heart.

"It's been a very good week," the Englishman insisted after he failed to overhaul Phil Mickelson's lead on the Californian cliff tops. He had entered the final round with a three-shot lead but could find little to withstand the charge of the 48-year-old Mickelson and eventually fell three shots short of his playing partner's 19-under 268 total.

"It was a treat," Casey continued. "I got an up-front close look at Phil shooting a great round of golf and winning this golf event. I'm happy with the way I played and I'm very happy we won the team competition."

The 41-year-old Casey opened his season in Hawaii where he finished T16th in the Tournament of Champions before missing the cut in the Sony Open. Since then he has finished tied second in the Singapore Open and now solo second behind Mickelson.

In something of a theme, he now heads to the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles where he finished second in 2015.

That year he entered the final round lying T15th and five shots back but a three-under-par 68 earned him a place in a three-man play-off with Dustin Johnson and eventual winner James Hahn. He admitted the memory of that near miss remains strong.

"I've written down a goal of winning in LA," he added. "I had an outside chance of winning this one. In fact, I had a very good chance of winning this one. I still need to go and try and win LA and accomplish that goal."

Casey is 30/1 to win the Genesis Open this week but, with his form so impressive, he must also be peering ahead to the 2019 major championships.

He is a five-time top 10 finisher in the Masters, three of them in the last four years, and is 40/1 to earn a first green jacket in April.

He also has four top 20s in the Open Championship, the most recent of which when T11th at Royal Birkdale two years ago and is 40/1 to lift the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush in July.

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