Gameplan works for Casey

Two-time runner-up poised to go one better in Arizona

Last Updated: 22/02/11 1:54pm

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Casey: Green no danger

Casey: Green no danger

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Paul Casey will stick to his usual plan of playing the course, not the player in this week's WGC-Accenture World Match Play in Arizona.

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"I always feel if you keep the ball in play, and you're very consistent and you put a lot of pressure on the other guy, that's very difficult to play against."
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The Englishman, who has a home in the state, has reached the final for the past two years, losing to Geoff Ogilvy in 2009 and Ian Poulter last year.

Casey says his aggressive approach to the game is why he has been so successful in the match play arena - he also won at Wentworth in 2006 - and sees no reason to change the formula.

"I tend to play the golf course not the player," said the world number six.

"By doing that and making lots of birdies and being aggressive and knowing what you've got to do on putts, I seem to make a lot of putts.

"I have a game plan of how to get around this golf course. And it's something I don't flinch from, I don't change that."


Casey will take on left-hander Richard Green in the first round but his opponent is almost immaterial to the 33-year-old, already a winner this year in Bahrain.

"I know every match out here is extremely difficult," he added. "Every opponent is dangerous. I only found out I was playing Richard Green this morning when somebody told me.

"I've never looked ahead. I've never looked at the brackets, I don't like to get sucked into thinking I've got a difficult bracket, or I've got an easy bracket.

"I also think I've had a very good approach mentally to playing match play. I always feel if you keep the ball in play, and you're very consistent and you put a lot of pressure on the other guy, that's very difficult to play against.

"I've had a good run here. I like to think I can get myself into position to win this thing again. Really repeat what I've done up until the final the last couple of years and then see if we can go one better."

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