Paul Casey: “It’s weird, I got off to a fast start”

Min Woo Lee and Paul Casey will both be looking for a big final day at the 2021 AVIV Dubai Championship as they hunt vital points in the race to be crowned Europe’s Number One. Lee and Casey are the only players in the field at Jumeirah Golf Estates this week who can still win the Race to Dubai, teeing it up on the Fire Course at sixth and seventh respectively in the Rankings in Partnership with Rolex. Lee is guaranteed to move above Matt Fitzpatrick by the end of play on Sunday, although he himself could be leapfrogged by Casey depending on where they finish after 72 holes.

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Englishman Casey has a little more work to do from five shots back at 14 under but is confident he can carry the momentum from his holed bunker shot for eagle at the last into Sunday and beyond. “Eagles always clean up the scorecard, don’t they? It’s weird, I got off to a fast start on Thursday and had a good back nine, then yesterday was a difficult front nine and then a good back nine and the same again today. I just need to put two nines together.  The course is really good. I’ve not played it before until this week and it is a really good layout. It’s all there but there is also danger and swirly winds. Somebody will put it together and figure it all out. The key is not to get too far behind.  We will need a 62 or something tomorrow but it’s right there if I put the two nines together. I always turn up each week wanting to win but part of us also said let’s use this week as preparation for next week. Now we are in this position we are trying to get the most out of this week too. I’d love to finish this week off really strongly”.

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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