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ASU's 50 Best Professional Athletes No. 11: Golf's Paul Casey

We return to the links as we near the top 10 of our summer countdown of the best professional athletes to don the maroon and gold.

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Remaining a professional athlete for over 16 years means you're doing something right in your sport.

One of the best international imports to go through Arizona State, Englishman and former ASU golfer Paul Casey is a veteran on the PGA Tour, spending time between the PGA Tour and European Tour over the last 16 years following a four-year career in Tempe.

He currently ranks 63rd in the FedEx Cup standings and 28th in the World Golf Rankings.

Casey has recorded top ten finishes in each of the four majors, most recently placing fourth at The Masters this past April and 10th at the PGA Championship in July. His lone PGA Tour win came at the 2009 Houston Open. Casey's best FedEx Cup finish was sixth in 2010.

However, Casey has experienced more professional success overseas with 13 wins on the European Tour. Casey has contributed two of England's Ryder Cup victories in 2004 and 2006. Casey was the 2001 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year and 2006 European Tour Player of the Year after winning two tournaments that year.

Casey was the first three-time golf champion in Pac-12 history, earning individual Pac-10 Championships from 1998-00 under coach Randy Lein.

Casey won six total tournaments as a Sun Devil and broke Phil Mickelson's record for lowest scoring average in school history.

Check back tomorrow for the start of the top-10 countdown of Arizona State's best professional athletes.