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Paul Casey eager for more success

No one has piled up more ranking points this year than Paul Casey but the new world number three shows no sign of resting on his laurels.

“I have lots of things to try and accomplish,” the 31-year-old Briton told reporters after landing his third victory of 2009 in the PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday.

“Certainly success in a major is at the top of that list and there are so many tournaments we have with great history or that are on great courses.”

One of the venues Casey had in mind was the home of golf, St Andrews in Scotland.

“Winning at St Andrews would be on my list, say the Dunhill Links Championship (in October) or something like that,” he said.

“If it’s not tournaments, there are places where you want to win. There are not going to be any shortage of things I would like to achieve.”

Casey has already achieved plenty this year with Sunday’s win at the European Tour’s flagship event following closely on the heels of his victories in Houston and Abu Dhabi.

The Englishman also lost 4 & 3 to Australian Geoff Ogilvy in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona in March.

Casey started the year 41st in the world but his startling run of form means the only players now above him in the rankings are number one Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

His next big target is next month’s U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park in New York.

“I’m going to play the Colonial event in Texas this week, then Jack Nicklaus’s Memorial tournament the week after,” said Casey.

“Then I take a week off before the U.S. Open.”

Casey’s win on Sunday was the last of its kind on the grand old West Course in south-east England.

The Wentworth greens, criticised so often in the past by the players, will be ripped up next week and replaced.

Triple major winner Ernie Els, who has a house on the estate, remodelled the course two years ago and this is another step in the upgrading process.

“We are trying to modernise it but also to restore it so it is closer to what it was when Harry Colt designed and built it in 1926,” said Julian Small, the club’s chief executive.

“Like any course the West is a living thing, evolving all the time. What we will now do will restore the benchmark of quality we strive for all the time.”


May 26, 2009

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