This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
By all accounts, Paul Casey is one of the good guys on the PGA Tour. He smiles a lot. Always conducts himself professionally. Never curses or swings a club in anger. Always has something positive to say about his opponents. He doesn't do any one thing exceptionally well on the golf course, doesn't do anything especially poorly. It all adds up to, well, vanilla – plain ol' vanilla.
You know, after all these years, after all the negative connotations about vanilla, it's done pretty well for itself, still a staple on the top of children's ice cream cones around the world.
Same for Casey – after all these years, he's still doing pretty well for himself.
Casey successfully defended his title at the Valspar Championship on Sunday, sending us to the Internet to do a little digging on a 41-year-old Englishman coming up on two decades of sustained excellence. Of course, sustained excellence is a relative term. Casey is not Tiger Woods, not Phil Mickelson; he doesn't have a major title, not even one, at least not yet.
But consider just who Casey is: He is a golfer now in his 19th year as a professional and is still in the top-20 in the world rankings some 16 years after he first got there. Not too many careers span that long at that level. For almost half of his career, however, after winning on the PGA Tour for the first time at the 2009 Houston Open, Casey was