Casey just getting into the swing of it

Paul Casey
Paul Casey Richard Heathcote - Getty Images

MANY of the world's top golfers are winding down for the year, but Englishman Paul Casey is just getting warmed up.

In Australia for the $2 million Perth International at Lake Karrinyup, Casey revealed a snowboarding accident in Colorado almost 12 months ago had derailed his 2012 campaign.

"I crashed my snowboard and dislocated my shoulder right at the end of last year ... the rehab took a little bit longer than I thought," he said.

"And I think getting my golf game back and trusting the shoulder took a lot longer than I ever thought it would.

"That's been the physical side of it. And the mental side of it, trusting the shoulder - it's had a knock-on effect this year, which has been frustrating."

In hindsight, Casey said the accident had not been all bad news.

During his recuperation he took a good look at his swing and made some subtle changes, which he hoped were about to pay off.

"Maybe it's one of the best snowball crashes I've ever had, because it allowed me to really de-construct my golf game and go through and look at everything and see what I need to do and what I need to work on to be as good a player as I can be," he said.

"This year has been very frustrating and obviously it was my own fault, but I feel very good sitting here about the way things are going now and the way the future is looking."

The 35-year-old, who rose to No.6 in the world he won the Houston Open in 2009, said his recent results suggested he was not far off returning to his best.

"The shoulder is great and the body feels fantastic. I don't know if we are ever 100%, but I feel like I'm 100%," he said.

"I've been working extremely hard at the game and starting to play some nice golf. In the Dunhill, I did miss the cut and had the tougher side of the draw and played some nice golf.

"Last week I was in Korea and finished third there. Things are very much going in the right direction."

The WA tournament, which starts today and is the only event in Australia to be co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour, has attracted a host of players keen to get their rankings up to qualify for the $8 million Dubai World Tour Championship.

The list includes former US Masters winner Charl Schwartzel, Italian Edoardo Molinari, Swedish pair Peter Hedblom and Johan Edfors and Englishmen David Howell and Oliver Wilson.

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