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Resurgent Casey in late charge for Dubai
(AFP) / 9 November 2012
Englandís resurgent Paul Casey Thursday said he was using missing the Ryder Cup as motivation as he makes a late charge for the season-ending Tournament of Champions in Dubai.
Casey dislocated his shoulder while snowboarding last Christmas and he has missed 10 cuts on the European Tour, along with any chance of reaching his fourth Ryder Cup, in what he calls a “fairly rubbish year”.
But since watching Europe’s come-from-behind win against the United States, Casey has been inspired to top-10 finishes in Perth and Shanghai, his best performances of the year.
On Thursday, he shot a three-under-par 68 to be among the leaders during the rain-hit first round of the Barclays Singapore Open.
“When I started my career I never enjoyed sitting on the sidelines, and I still don’t now. If I’m missing out on big tournaments or the Ryder Cup for example, I didn’t even want to watch,” he said.
“Now I watch it for two reasons: one, because I want to see great golf as I’ve just witnessed in September, and I use it as motivation as well, to sort of get myself back into gear.
“I don’t need a lot of motivation usually but it certainly helps watching that.” Last year’s snowboarding accident capped a horrendous run for the former world number three who has endured rib and foot problems, was overlooked for the 2010 Ryder Cup, and went through a painful divorce. But now Casey has his sights fixed on the Race to Dubai, needing a top-four finish in Singapore to join the provisional, 60-man field for the Tournament of Champions, the European Tour’s season climax.
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