Paul Casey Making Headlines for All the Right Reasons

Christopher Lane II@@ChrisLane_IIContributor IIFebruary 23, 2010

MARANA, AZ - FEBRUARY 21:  Paul Casey of England waves to the gallery after playing his fourth shot on the 11th hole during final round of the Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at  on February 21, 2010 in Marana, Arizona.  (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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As of late, Paul Casey has been making headlines all across the globe.

Unlike a certain fellow professional golfer, his headlines are due to his outstanding play and his contributions to better a place he has grown fond of.

Today Casey, along with his wife Jocelyn, announced that they would be making a $100,000 donation to a Houston charity. Casey promised to contribute to local charities after winning the 2009 Shell Houston Open, and he made sure that was one promise he is not willing to break.

The specific charity has not yet been named, however, it has been reported that Casey will make the decision alongside Shell Houston Open Tournament Direction Steve Timms. Casey announced he will be donating through the Houston Golf Association, the organization responsible for running the tournament.

This generous contribution comes off the heels of Casey's second straight runner-up finish in the WGC-Accenture Match Play last week in Arizona. Casey was able to put together a great run, including an epic win over Camillo Villegas, to advance to the final against the red-hot Ian Poulter. However, Casey fell short to Poulter's brilliant play.

To see such a high profile international golfer make such a sizable donation to a place that has embraced him is very refreshing with the recent headlines surrounding the world of golf.

Casey is certainly making strides to becoming a great player on the course, but it seems like he is as adamant to become a great philanthropist off the links.

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Since Casey showed up to Arizona State, everyone could tell the kid from Surrey was bound to be a superstar, and he proved them right after finishing his career with three consecutive Pac-10 Titles.

When he turned professional in 2000, everyone knew the kid was going to shine on the grandest stages of golf, and he has accumulating 11 wins worldwide and rising to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

He has been an upstanding member of the professional golf community in that time, and continues to make a name for himself off the course.

The only blip in the impressive career of Paul Casey has been the infamous comments in 2004 regarding the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He stated, "Oh, we properly hate them. We want to beat them as badly as possible."

However, those comments were taken out of context, and several American golfers came to Casey's defense when the remark made headlines. It was just a publication trying to rile up the squads in order to make the Ryder Cup more interesting (if that is possible or necessary for that matter).

But it seems as though Casey shook off the misunderstanding and has become one of the premier golfers of today.

It is only fitting that he has become a great humanitarian, as well.

While I am not the biggest Paul Casey fan, it is certainly hard to root against a guy that is doing all of the right things.

One thing is for sure, when the Shell Houston Open starts on April 1st, there will be a whole new fan base waiting for him, hoping to propel him to his second title in as many years.

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