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Paul Casey seeks a big title

Paul Casey has been one of the hottest players in the game this year but he knows he needs to win one of golf’s biggest events to enhance his status.

He has an ideal opportunity to make his mark over the next fortnight, at this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational followed by the PGA Championship in Minnesota, the season’s final major.

“I’ve now won on the PGA Tour and lots in Europe but I need to continue to get better and win big events,” world number three Casey told reporters at Firestone Country Club on Tuesday.

“This is a stretch of golf that I’m looking forward to,” added the long-hitting Englishman, who won his first PGA Tour title at the Houston Open in April.

“They’re golf courses that I enjoy. I like this one, I like Hazeltine (venue for next week’s PGA Championship) and it’s time to sort of get the good golf going again.”

Refreshed after a three-week break, Casey will tee off in Thursday’s opening round on a par-70 Firestone layout where he has posted two top-10 finishes in the last three years.

“It’s a wonderful track and it’s in spectacular shape,” the Arizona-based professional said.

“The fairways are pretty tight and you’ve got to find those if you want to shoot low scores around here. You’ve also got to put the golf ball below the hole as much as possible. The greens are going to be super quick.”

Casey, who has also won twice on the European Tour this year, the flagship PGA Championship at Wentworth and the Abu Dhabi Championship, was not particularly concerned after his rise to a career-high third in the world rankings.

“I don’t pay too much attention,” the 32-year-old said. “I occasionally have to remind myself I’m No. 3. I never sort of woke up and went: ‘Oh crikey, I’m No. 3, what now?’

“Things have not changed in any way, shape or form. For me, it’s an ongoing pursuit to see how good I can be and see what golf events I can win.”


August 5, 2009

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