Paul Casey: “I’m there or thereabouts at 44”

Paul Casey is hoping a second victory of the season in the UAE can provide him with the perfect platform to upstage golf’s young guns and land a long awaited Race to Dubai title. The Englishman arrives at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the 2021 AVIV Dubai Championship seventh in the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex, helped by his victory at the Dubai Desert Classic in January. A victory over the Fire Course could move him up to fifth ahead of the season ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, handing him vital points as he looks to overturn Collin Morikawa at the top of the Rankings. Casey was pipped to the title of Europe’s Number One in 2006 by Pádraig Harrington and now, 15 years later and at the age of 44, he is eager to finally get his hands on the Harry Vardon Trophy.

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“I’m one of those guys, I’m still sniffing around trying to win a Race to Dubai if I can so I’m trying to grab as many points as I can this week. I got very close many, many years ago. I think the year Harrington won it might have been something crazy – if Sergio (Garcia) had made a par on the last I would have clinched the title, instead he made a bogey and that’s what it came down to. That’s what seasons are all about, one shot is very important. I’m there or thereabouts. I’m 44, I’m just happy I’m still in the mix. If you look at Morikawa and Rahmbo (Jon Rahm) and these guys up there, I’m happy I’m playing in an era against these guys. Yes I’m behind but it’s fun to have a bit of a challenge and chase these young bucks. I’ve always been a ball striker and that’s sort of carried me through my career but the other aspects of the game that need work, it drives me. Seeing how hard these guys work and how good they are. Every year the golf gets better and better and better and this new crop of players that are shining right now are spectacular”.

A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty. This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship). A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the “secret weapon” of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.

“He’s a good guy, he’s been through a lot as a sportsman and he’s the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I’m not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period. “. These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed ‘the Baltimore Shark’, important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. “The mental aspect is something I’ve worked on a lot with him lately. I’m really lucky to have him around. Besides, he’s a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value.” This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.

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