FOCUS ON PAUL CASEY

Paul Casey had been world number three, but then he had been not so lucky in keeping his world ranking intact, and he had slumped a great deal after that.

He had gone down to the rank of hundred and sixty nine, but then he finally made a comeback when he opened with a spectacular sixty seven at Oak Hill.

This has been seen by many as a move from Casey’s side to banish last year’s ghost of the PGA Championship, where he did really badly, and had to step aside from the championship. But he has really regained much of his form and fitness, and hopes have been lifted since he made a comeback at Oak Hill.

Paul Casey had been sick for a few days now, and when he finished at Oak Hill with a splendid score, people were quite surprised. When asked how he managed to pull off such as a brilliant spectacle, Casey replied that he thinks it was due to the fact that he was sick that he managed to be so fresh on the course.

Prior to the main event, he had not been playing much, and he had only played a short practice round the previous day, very early at that too. And since he did not come in to the tournament without any preconceptions, which was probably the reason why he was able to shine on the course. He had to take some pretty strong drugs that the doctors had prescribed for him, but apart from feeling a little fuzzy, Paul Casey seemed on top of his game, and he is positive that he will do well in the event.

It has been a sheer drop for Casey since now, from world number three, but it seems that he is all set to regain his fallen glory.

Rory McIlroy to play at Australian Open

World number three Rory McIlroy and Australia’s very own world number four Adam Scott have confirmed their participation at the Australian Open which will tee off at the end of the year at the Royal Sydney Golf Club.

The Northern Irishman is a two time winner of majors and he will tee off alongside Scott, the first ever Australian to win the US Masters when he won there this season and the duo will have a lot of the world’s top ranked professionals for company with world number six and American champion Matt Kuchar confirming his participation earlier in the week whereas Rory’s countryman Graeme McDowell has also confirmed that he will be a part of the field.

The last time McIlroy played at the Australian Masters was back in 2007 in his very first season as a professional on the Tour and finished at a respectable 15th position. Speaking of his participation at the Australian Open, Rory McIlroy stated that it has been quite a long time since he played in Australia, adding that his first participation at the Australian Open was in 2006 when he was still an amateur and then he returned next year as a professional.

He also mentioned that both the tournaments were in Sydney, adding that he has always enjoyed his time playing at Sydney before going on to state that he is looking forward to returning to playing at the Royal Sydney Golf Club.

The Northern Irishman has had a terrible season this term around, having not won a single title, let alone competing for one till the end and his majors record has been extremely poor by his standards and the Australian Open will represent the last opportunity for Rory McIlroy to savage the season and return with confidence in the new season.