Adam Scott’s mantra to himself when he was a kid was “always birdie the last.” What about eagle? Heck, what about albatross. After we saw Rory McIlroy lip one out on the final hole at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Sunday for albatross at the end of his third round, leader Paul Casey nearly did the same at the end of his round.

Casey sat at 13 under as the leader alone when he hit this incredible shot into the final green. It didn’t land quite as close as McIlroy’s, but Casey got a great hop and the ball nearly trickled into the cup for a rare albatross. Casey had to “settle” for eagle to get to 15 under with a three-shot lead over Brian Harman going into Monday’s finish.

The eagle capped off Casey’s third-straight 66 at TPC Boston as he looks for just his second career PGA Tour win (his other came at the 2009 Shell Houston Open).

Casey has been incredibly consistent all week with just four bogeys and nothing worse than that on his card. He’s leading the field in approach shots (it’s not difficult to see why with that last one into No. 18 on Sunday).

His putting has been solid as well. He’s No. 13 in the field in that category.

It’s been a solid if unsatisfying season for the Englishman. His decision to play the PGA Tour full time is keeping him from being eligible for the Ryder Cup although it’s sort of up in the air whether he would have been chosen to play anyway. Casey finished 7th at the Cadillac Championship and tied for fourth at the Masters but only has one top 10 since then (at the PGA Championship). So he’s been really good but has not truly been in the hunt really late on a weekend until now.

Now he has a chance to blow out his year. A win in Boston would guarantee a slot in the Tour Championship and equate to some nice OWGR points for the No. 30 player in the world.

Still, there are a bevy of players just behind Casey who could make some noise. PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker is four back, and McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Rose are six back. Plus we will have some potential bad weather combined with a track that has seen six straight come-from-behind winners.

Casey looks poised for his first PGA Tour win in seven years, but as we all know in golf, anything can happen.

Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Paul Casey surges to Deutsche Bank lead with near albatross on last hole