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Paul Casey Gets Closer to Victory


Paul CaseyFinishing the ISPS HANDA Perth International in the fifth place with a tie, Paul Casey is quite confident that victory is just close. The event was held at the Lake Karrinyup, in Western Australia.

Scoring at 67, this is the first European Tour where Casey landed on the top-five position after placing fourth in the 2011 WGC-HSBC Championship. The best finish Casey had on the previous 2012 European Tour games was a tie at the 25th place. He gained momentum after finishing in the third place at an event hosted by the Asian Tour.

The 35-year-old English golfer, who is also a former world number three, foresees bright games in the succeeding events after sharing the fifth place at Perth. “This is the best I’ve felt in probably a few years, and the form is coming around really nicely. With the form I’m starting to show, it’s a case of wanting to be out there, play as much as I can and I feel it’s not going to be long before I’m back in the winner’s circle,” says Casey. After having suffered from a dislocated shoulder due to a snowboarding accident, he has had a difficult year and dropped to world number 133.

The 11-time European Tour winner is more confident now after having recuperated and believes that he can finish among the top 60 in the Race to Dubai tournament. The event is also the season-ending game of the DP World Tour Championship.

“I’m still not in Dubai but the goal is to win before the end of the year – simple as that. If I win next week, I don’t know if that gets me in HSBC, it might, I don’t know. A win before the end of the year, because the three I’m playing, BMW, Singapore and Hong Kong, they are all great events, and certainly BMW and Singapore are big money, as well. So I think ignore trying to get into Dubai; just try and win. That solves every problem,” says Casey.

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Jason Dufner Goes for the Win at Perth International


jason dufner at perth internationalThe American Jason Dufner wants to overcome his frustration in the Ryder Cup by going for the win at the Perth International in Lake Karrinyup, Australia.

Dufner cannot let go of what happened in the event at Medinah where he won three out of four points and worked with the American team to go on a 10-4 lead but eventually lost to the Europeans through José Maria Olazabal by just a single point.

“I often catch myself thinking about it. I think about what could I have done better? Where could I maybe have picked up another half a point? How could I have helped my teammates more? We were pretty close to winning that,” he recalls. “It’s been a tough couple of weeks since the Ryder Cup and the toughest thing about it is you’ve got to wait two years again until you can play again. That’s a long time for us.”

Dufner says that the best ways to recuperate is going back to the course and compete for this event which is co-sanctioned by the European and Australasian PGA Tours. It will also help him build his name more as he tries to become a more prominent global golfer.

“I think [that as] you experience different golf courses [and] different styles of play, [it] makes you better, [it] tests your game. This golf course is a lot different than what we see in the States. Same thing when I go to Asia, [it is] a lot different than what we see in the States. I think it makes you a better golfer,” Dufner added.

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Michael Hendry Leads Day One of Perth International


michael hendryThough he admits that this year isn’t his best playing form out in the golf course, Michael Hendry still topped the opening day of the Perth International tournament held at Karrinyup. The professional golfer from New Zealand was proud of his performance on the first day of the $2 million event.

Scoring at sever-under-par 65, Hendry shared the clubhouse honors with Spanish Alejandro Canizares. Among the other good scorers are Emiliano Grillo from Argentina and Andrew Johnston of England. Grillo was standing one shot behind the leaders while Johnston scored at five-under.

Greg Chalmers, the defending Australian Open champion, tied with five other players at four-under. Also a tie at one-under were Charl Schwartzel and Jason Dufner. Schwartzel is the 2011 US Masters winner while Dufner is currently the world number 10.

Hendry, down at world number 574 after missing five straight cuts, is very optimistic that he is regaining his form and finished in the seventh place at the China Masters. “I spent a lot of time on the Gold Coast actually doing a lot of practice over there,” he said.

“My form had been a bit rough but I saw a few glimpses last week in China and it’s just nice to carry on. When you’re playing bad and you’re spending lots of money to get to events and not getting a lot of return on that investment, it does put a lot of pressure on you to play well. But you just keep working hard and hoping it turns the corner at some stage, and it has the last couple of weeks,” Hendry added.

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