Ferguson – The More He Tees-Up Alongside Players Like Casey, The Better He’ll Become

Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson reckons the more he gets to play alongside the best in the world the better and more comfortable he’ll become among the game’s elite.

Ferguson, 27, found himself paired for the final round of the Porsche Singapore Classic with one of Europe’s all-time greats in England’s Paul Casey.

Casey, and nearly 20-years older than the Scot, posted a closing round 69, two shots fewer than Ferguson to share sixth place at 13-under-par while the Scot was tied 11th.

The now LIV attached Casey received a sponsor’s invitation to tee-up in Singapore, having won 21 times in his pro career, including 15 on the DP World Tour and three PGA Tour wins.

Casey also has competed on five European Ryder Cup teams, including being a member on four winning sides while the now Arizona-based Brit has five top-10s in the Masters, three top-10s in the PGA Championship along with a high of T3rd in the 2010 Open.

 

He also reached a high of World No. 3 in capturing the 2009 BMW PGA Championship.

Ferguson said: “To be honest with you, and though I was really happy to play alongside Paul, I do think it adds an extra little bit of tension to the game.

“Paul’s a well-renowned name golfer who draws plenty of spectator interest, so you always want to impress him because he’s also probably wondering what sort of a player I am.

“That makes it very different if you were playing with your pals and most others out here who I’m very comfortable in their company.

“Paul’s an incredible golfer and while I was really happy to play alongside him, I just made it a lot tougher going lower than my 71 against someone of his stature”.

The Bearsden golfer revealed also he’s discussed such a Singapore Sunday scenario with a sports psychologist.

Ferguson said: “When you get paired with a big star, and not yet such a big star yourself, you not only want to learn off that player but at the same time, I’ve watched Paul play alongside Tiger Woods on the PGA Tour.

“So, I’m kind of thinking in the back of my head, I’m playing alongside a guy who’s played in the same group as Tiger.

“As I mentioned, it is just a little tougher, and requires a lot more focus when you do play alongside someone of Paul’s stature compared to most every other player out here who I know”.

Sweden’s Jesper Sevensson parred the third extra play-off hole to win a maiden Tour title over Thailand’s four-time Tour winning Kiradech Aphibarnrat, and after both players finished play locked on 17-under.



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