Golfer Casey gives $100K to Houston charity

Paul Casey, of England hits his second shot on the par five second hole during the third round of the Match Play Championship golf tournament Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

February 22, 2010 11:35:15 AM PST
Paul Casey of England promised to help a local charity after winning the Houston Open last year for his first PGA Tour victory. Tournament officials discovered Monday how serious he was. Casey and his wife, Jocelyn, are giving $100,000 to a charity through the Houston Golf Association, which runs the event. He will work with tournament director Steve Timms to figure out which charity gets the money.

Casey, a runner-up at the Match Play Championship on Sunday in Arizona, flew to Houston to make the announcement and meet with the media about his title defense. He won last year in a playoff over J.B. Holmes.

The Houston Open is April 1-4.