Paul Casey denied victory in agonising fashion for the second week in a row but still eyes £7million Fed Ex Cup bonus


PAUL CASEY finished runner-up in agonising fashion for the second straight week – but is still in with a chance of banking a £7million bonus.

The Cheltenham-born star fired a final round five-under-par 67 in the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick to end on 20 under par, three behind winner Dustin Johnson.

Paul Casey was runner-up at the BMW Championship as he just missed out yet again
Paul Casey was runner-up at the BMW Championship as he just missed out again
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Dustin Johnson celebrates his narrow victory in the BMW Championships
Dustin Johnson celebrates his narrow victory in the BMW Championship
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Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy denied Paul Casey victory last week
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy denied Paul Casey the Deutsche Bank title
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Paul Casey acknowledges fans after just missing out on victory for the second successive event
Casey acknowledges fans after just missing out on the Crooked Stick crown
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Casey‘s latest heartbreak came just six days after he was overtaken by a storming Rory McIlroy despite starting three shots ahead of the Northern Irishman with 18 holes to go in the Deutsche Bank event.

This time it looked like Casey – who has snubbed the chance to play in the Ryder Cup by not taking up European Tour membership – might have shook up US Open champion Johnson when he drained a 25ft putt for an eagle on the par-five 15th.

But the unflappable American rolled in his eagle attempt from a similar distance right on top of him to establish a three-shot cushion that he would not relinquish.

Johnson, who has three wins in his past eight events, said: “I played really solid, drove it really nicely, wedged it really good and hit a lot of good shots.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence now. This week the new putter I put in my bag this week really worked.

Casey is without a win this season but can bag the biggest cheque of all with a win in the upcoming Tour Championship, the season finale on the PGA Tour.

Former world No 3 Casey is in the top-five of the Fed Ex Cup standings, so he controls his destiny at the East Lake course.

Should he win in Atlanta, Georgia, than Casey will also get the £7m bonus for winning the season-long race.
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