Casey plays up positives

Molinari still hoping to be fit to tee it up on Thursday

Last Updated: 10/08/11 5:07pm

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Paul Casey is looking forward to the challenge of this week's USPGA and feels the course and set-up may suit his game.

The Englishman has had a quiet year after winning the Champions tournament back in January and has failed to finish in the top 30 in the year's other three majors.

He has also slipped to 16th in the world after being a regular in the top 10, although after a 12th place at last year's USPGA he feels this major championship may suit him better than the others.

He told Sky Sports News: "From what I have seen of the golf course so far, it looks like a long-hitter's golf course. The USPGA is a very different set-up from the other majors we get and it's one that suits my game, I think.

"So I'd like to build on last year's performance. Whistling Straits was enjoyable but this is completely different. We've gone from the shores of Lake Wisconsin to the heat of Atlanta, Georgia.

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"So it's very different, but something nonetheless I'm going to have fun with this week."

Meanwhile, Francesco Molinari's participation in the tournament is doubtful as the Italian struggles with a tendinitis problem in his thumb and wrist.

He has not played a shot and only used his putter so far in practice but is still hopeful he can improve enough to tee it up on Thursday.

The Ryder Cup star told Sky Sports News: "It is just basically a tendinitis through the thumb, so it is quite painful when I try to hit a shot, especially out of the rough or if the turf is a bit firm, as it is this week.

"So the cure is simply to rest it and you can't really rest it during a major week.

"You never know with these things. I am working on it with my physiotherapist, so I am still hoping that it will be better tomorrow and hopefully fine for Thursday. So I will see on Thursday morning how I feel."

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