Some golf fans may have been taken aback on Sunday afternoon, hearing Paul Casey tell a volunteer at the Travelers Championship that he carries a knife in his golf bag.
The Englishman said it in context, however. You see, Casey had to deal with some spectator ropes on the 18th hole at TPC River Highlands as he battled Bubba Watson for a win on the PGA Tour. Since the volunteer was having trouble figuring out what to do with the ropes, Casey gently volunteered his knife to cut down the ropes. Besides, the tournament was almost finished. In the end, Casey's knife stayed in the bag.
The natural question, then, is how long has Casey had a knife in his bag? Years! For a What's in the Bag feature for Golf Digest in 2008, Casey explained why, saying:
When the grips on my irons need replacing, I like cutting them off and ripping away the tape. I like getting my hands dirty. Though I don't put the new ones on. I'm slow, and it would take me a full afternoon. For some reason the Nike people don't like me wielding a knife.
For some reason, we get the sense that the Transportation Security Agency might now be looking more stringently at Casey's bag (that is, when he might fly commercial).