Casey looking forward to return to The Open
Paul Casey had the best seat in the house when Louis Oosthuizen won the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews. Five years later, he hopes the experience of playing in the last group alongside the South African will hold him in good stead as he chases his first Major title.
“I had a very good view of Louis tearing the place to pieces back in 2010,” said the Englishman. “It’s a real treat to be in the final group at any Major and to be at St Andrews was something special. That Sunday he (Louis) played some great stuff. He didn’t put a foot wrong. But I felt good about the way I performed. Maybe I made a couple of mistakes, but I won’t make them again.
“I really love this golf course and I think it suits my game very well,” he added. “I’ve got enough length to carry some of the trouble and I hear it’s soft so maybe that gives the longer hitters a bit more of an advantage.”
The former Ryder Cup player comes into The 144th Open Championship in a great run of form which has seen him make two play-offs and notch four other top-10 finishes in 13 starts on the PGA Tour.
Casey puts his return to form down to a settled home life and a successful practice regime.
“This year, I’ve probably done less practice than I have done at any time in my professional career,” he said “However, in terms of quality, it’s probably better than it’s ever been.
“I’m very disciplined and I know what I’m working on. I’ve had a couple of chances. I’ve knocked on the door but not opened it but I’m very much back to where I was in ’06, ’09. ’10. I’m pretty focused this week. I’m not just here to make up the numbers.”