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.
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.
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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.