Casey: ‘ I mustn’t get left behind’

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World number 10 Paul Casey is determined not to be left behind by his high-achieving European peers.

World number 10 Paul Casey is determined not to be left behind by his high-achieving European peers.
This time last year Casey was the one leading the way.
He was third in the world, already three times a winner for the season and appeared to be on the brink of a first major title.
But after being hampered by a rib injury, Casey has not won since – and in America alone Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose twice and Graeme McDowell all have, McDowell notably in the US Open,
Now Casery is hoping it his turn again. “For me it’s the major I most want at the ultimate venue,” said the Arizona-based Englishman.
“I very much want to emulate what the others have done. I am knuckling down and I’ve increased my focus and my workload just to make sure I’m not getting left behind.”
He certainly feels he knows The Old Course well enough, with memories that go back to his amateur days.
“I played in the Links Trophy and after driving up there with Chris Rodgers, who plays mostly in Asia now, we walked out on the course that night and got as far as the fifth.
“The green there was the biggest I’d ever seen and we just lay down on it. It was just the novelty factor – we thought it was great.”
In 2005 – the last time the Open came ‘home’ – he missed the cut, but still has good memories of his experience.
“I partnered Tony Jacklin and Greg Norman in the first two rounds. That was a treat, but unfortunately I didn’t play very well and missed the cut.
“I did, though, get a chance to see Jack Nicklaus make his farewell, so that was pretty special.”
Now he wants some special memories of his own in front of the famous old clubhouse on Sunday.

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