Golf: Casey Rides His Luck with Positive Approach

By Corrigan, James | The Independent (London, England), May 13, 2006 | Go to article overview
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Golf: Casey Rides His Luck with Positive Approach


Corrigan, James, The Independent (London, England)


As an avowed petrol-head who spent Monday driving sports cars around Brands Hatch, Paul Casey probably thinks of Henry Ford as purely the founder of a rather famous motor company and not as someone who had the answer to this English golfer's biggest problem.

"If you think you can, you can," the great American said. "And if you think you can't, you're right."

Casey can all right. Especially at The Belfry. The 28-year-old proved that to everyone with a 66 here yesterday to go to 11-under and take a three-shot lead into today's third round of the British Masters. It reminded everyone that here is a talent who will only ever be held back by attacks of baffling self-doubt.

There is little wonder, however, that Casey has rediscovered his confidence around this course' a personal triumph that promises to take him into a world's top 50 he should never really have departed. For it was at The Belfry where he won his first cheque on the European Tour five years ago and it was at The Belfry where he won his biggest title, the B&H International in 2003.

"Yeah, I like this place," he said. "All the memories, I suppose." And the place likes him. "I had a bit of luck out there," he admitted. "I had a big escape on the 13th." On that tricky par four, he watched in horror as his lob-wedge approach headed for a nasty gulley that would have almost certainly resulted in a five. Instead, it struck the flag and dropped the ball to five feet.

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