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Friday, 19 March 2010
U.S. Open - Round One  (Getty Images)
U.S. Open - Round One (Getty Images)

Paul Casey, the current leader of The Race to Dubai, believes this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational is the place to reignite his season.

The Englishman rose to the highest world ranking – number three – of his eight year professional career after winning three tournaments and finishing runner-up in the WGC-Accenture Match Play, all before the end of May.

Casey's victories in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and the BMW PGA Championship helped send the 32 year old to the top of The Race To Dubai standings on The European Tour, while his win in the Shell Houston Open was his first in the United States.

Since June, though, Casey was not in contention at both the Memorial Tournament on the US PGA Tour and The Open Championship either side of missed cuts at the US Open and the AT&T National, form which he admitted had been a knock-on effect of his impressive start to 2009.

"Yeah, I think so," Casey said when asked if the three victories had taken something out of his game.

"Bethpage obviously was extremely tough with those conditions, and I played in some pretty ugly weather, starting off my round, and put myself a little bit behind the eight ball.

"Just before the delay of play came I think I had already taken a few whacks in the rough going up the 15th, which wasn't too clever.  So I was in an awkward situation anyway for my score. But I will admit I was tired. The legs had sort of gone a little bit.

"I don't think about my swing much, but if I don't do simple things like brace my right knee, if that starts to straighten out and the hips and the legs are tired, then I don't hit the golf ball particularly well, and that's kind of what happened. I think it was a knock-on effect from the good golf, but also a lot of golf that I played early on in the season."

Casey, though, said he felt re-energised heading into a long stretch of tournament play which will see him compete in seven events in nine weeks, starting with this week's WGC-Bridgestone and heading straight into the US PGA Championship at Hazeltine National in Minnesota.

"I haven't played a whole lot since (Bethpage)," the Englishman said. "I did play AT&T, was a little sick that week, and then the Open I was feeling good, just didn't really get it going.

"But I've had lots of time off, and I feel pretty good and pretty fresh and raring to go coming up. This is a stretch of golf that I'm looking forward to. I'm playing seven tournaments in nine weeks, so it's been good to have a couple of weeks off and recharge the batteries.

"But they're golf courses that I enjoy. I like this one, I like Hazeltine, and it's time to get the good golf going again."

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