Returned to Europe’s Ryder Cup side in September after a 10-year gap, being one of captain Thomas Bjorn’s four wild card selections and proving his worth with a fourball win alongside Tyrrell Hatton and a singles half with Brooks Koepka.
Burst into the reckoning for the team with a brilliant closing 65 to hold off Tiger Woods no less for his first PGA Tour win since 2009 at the Valspar Championship and with it moved to world No 12 after slumping from third to 169th.
Joint-third with Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson in The Open at St Andrews in 2010, Casey then made the decision to base himself in America and has since had three top six finishes in the Masters and top 20 finishes in the other three Majors.
Thirteen European Tour titles include the 2013 Irish Open – he made a 45-foot eagle putt on the final hole there – and the 2009 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the course where he also captured the 2006 HSBC World Match Play title a week before he became the only player ever to win a Ryder Cup game with a hole-in-one.
Partner of Luke Donald as they enjoyed success in both the Walker Cup and World Cup.