Casey Ends 16-Year Absence To Tee-Up In Sydney

…… Sydney, Australia

Paul Casey will end a 16-year Sydney absence when he tees-up later this week in this week’s Emirates Australian Open.

Casey, 42 was last in Sydney in 2003 when he captured the European Tour sanctioned ANZ Championship on the Alister MacKenzie designed New South Wales club and not that far from this week’s host venue at The Australian club.

The Englishman’s victory at the entrance to famed Botany Bay was the then 26-year old’s second of now 13 European Tour wins and with 14th materialising just two months ago in winning the Porsche European Open in Hamburg.

Casey’s has now won 20 events in his pro career and with half of those in 10 different countries reflecting the now Arizona-based golfer’s ‘global golfer’ status.

“My last event was the DP World in Dubai two weeks ago and I then headed home to the States for three to four days, and then I’m on a 14-hour flight from L.A. leaving Saturday night and arriving this morning on a Monday, so I don’t know what’s going on at the moment,” he said laughing.

“I feel like I’m moving still and it’s like kind of being on a boat that is rocking back and forward.

“I’ve played in Melbourne a lot but I would have to look it up when I was last in Sydney but it was in winning at the New South Wales at La Perouse, so that’s hopefully a good omen in returning to Sydney.

“It’s good being back in Australia as at this time of year I would at home doing nothing, probably drinking wine (smiling).

“Usually at this time of year I would be watching TV coverage of the Australian Open, so it’s great to be here.”

As mentioned above, half of Casey’s 1o victories have been in 10 different countries namely three on the PGA Tour in the U.S., with wins in England, Scotland, Ireland, Abu Dhabi, China, Bahrain, Holland, Spain and most-recently in Germany.

This writer can boast being present at many of Casey’s victories including his break-through success at the 2009 Shell Houston Open, his two wins in China along with his victories in England, Scotland, Irish Open, Abu Dhabi and in Bahrain and on a course were I will not foget the sight of oil pipelines crossing the course.

The current World No. 14 is the highest-ranked player in the field this week and just a spot higher than certain crowd favourite, Adam Scott.

Casey was asked what, in fact, brought him to Australia’s oldest city.

“Do you want the honest answer of the non-honest answer?” he responded again smiling.

“The honest answer is I have not contested the Australian Open before and it’s been a long time since I was last in Sydney,” he said.

“Part of the reason is I do like to play international events and from next year I am going to skip the European Tour’s Middle East Swing from the beginning of next year and I am gonig to play the Singapore Open (January 17th to 20th),” he said.

“So,when I said I would play the Singapore Open it was put to me you should play the Aussie Open, as well.  So I said ‘yes’ and that is the honest answer (laughing).

“I’ve always been a world player and if you do look at my victories many of them have been around the world and all I have done since August, and when the FedEx Cup Series ended, is play around the world.  I won in Germany capturing the Porsche European Open and from there I played Wentworth, Italy, Japan, China and then the other week in Dubai.”




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