Date: October 18, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Casey to relaunch career in Perth

England&aposs Paul Casey is ready to climb back up the world rankings after a slower-than-expected recovery from a shoulder injury. The former world number three returns to Australia for the European Tour&aposs Perth International Golf Championship, having won the ANZ Championship in 2003. Casey&aposs career took a turn for the worse when he dislocated and damaged ligaments in his shoulder in a snowboarding incident on Christmas Eve last year. And after a setback at the Players Championship in May, Casey admitted the injury had affected his golf considerably more than he first thought. “I thought it would be fairly benign sort of injury to get over, but little did I know,” Casey said after a practice round at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club on Wednesday. “I dislocated my shoulder right at the end of last year, and it turned out to be a lot more it was a fairly good duplication, and rehab took a little bit longer than I thought. “I mean, I don&apost feel limited on anything right now. Probably throwing is the one thing that I&aposm slightly wary of. “I think getting my golf game back and trusting the shoulder, took a lot longer than I ever thought it would take. “That&aposs been the physical side of it. And the mental side of it, trusting the shoulder it&aposs had a knock on effect this year which has been frustrating.” But the result of the injury would appear to be far greater for the current world number 132, who, aside from the withdrawal at the Players Championship, has missed six of eight cuts this season with no top-50 finishes. Still, the 35-year-old is confident he can return to join the world&aposs elite starting at the co-sanctioned PGA Tour of Australasia event in Perth which starts on Thursday. “It&aposs great to be back. I love Australia. Perth&aposs a great city,” he said. “I thought I would remember the golf course from the 2003 Johnnie Walker; you&aposd have to look at my record to see when I last played here, and I don&apost remember a thing.” Casey, who was delayed by a dog that snatched his ball at the Dunhill Links Championship last time he played, said there were no such intrusions during his practice round in Perth. “They have taken a lot of them (kangaroos) off the golf course,” he joked. “It seems to be in great shape, all credit to the greens staff. I enjoyed it out there and the weather was lovely. I thought it was playing brilliantly.” Next for Casey will hopefully be a surge up the rankings. “(To) get back in the top 50 and get back up in the world rankings … that&aposs another one of the things I was looking at and worried about, and now I haven&apost looked at them for a while,” he said. “I know I&aposve dropped significantly but the last sort of since like 2009, I seem to have been beating myself up with injuries and time to stop doing that and moving forward.”