Powering his way to the 149th Open Championship: world class golfer Paul Casey used the time in his old home England before the year’s fourth major to visit the equally steeped-in-tradition Goodwood Festival of Speed and immerse himself in automotive and motorsport history – and simultaneously test the very latest Porsche models.
The 43-year-old sports car enthusiast and Porsche fan took on the famous 1.86 km hill climb in front of Goodwood House on the passenger seat of a 640 PS Cayenne Turbo GT. The Porsche Brand Ambassador also went out for a spin on the roads around Goodwood in a 911 GT3 with Touring Package and took a close-up look at numerous special historical vehicles on display in the grounds.
“It really was a dreamlike day,” said Paul Casey when talking about his excursion to Sussex in southern England. “The power of the Cayenne Turbo GT is breathtaking and, as a big fan of GT cars, every drive in a new model is like Christmas. It was incredibly exciting to experience the atmosphere here and immerse myself in the motorsport world and see some legends live.”
Paul Casey now wants to transfer the positive feelings into the week of the Open Championship, his second appearance in Europe this year after finishing sixth at the Porsche European Open in Hamburg at the start of June. The world’s oldest golf tournament starts this Thursday in Royal St George’s in Kent (15 – 18 July). The venue is a two and a half-hour drive to the east of Goodwood. After two Top 10 placings at the previous majors in May (PGA Championship) and June (US Open), the three-time Ryder Cup winner Casey is generally considered to be one of the favourites for the title.
Porsche in golf
Porsche has been the title sponsor of the Porsche European Open, a European Tour event, since 2015 and has been involved successfully in professional golf with automotive partnerships at three tournaments on the Asian and European Tour since 2019. Last year the sports car manufacturer additionally supported the UK Swing with the European Tour’s “Golf for Good” initiative. Porsche has also been organising the Porsche Golf Cup for more than three decades. The tournament series is one of the company’s most successful customer events. Held in Germany for the first time in 1988, the Porsche Golf Cup has developed into an international event at which recently over 17,000 Porsche customers competed in 261 qualifying tournaments worldwide. Also highly successful is the Porsche Golf Circle, an international and app-based community for keen golf-playing Porsche customers that was launched in 2017.