Paul Casey happy with form ahead of Perth International
Last Updated: 17/10/12 4:51pm
Paul Casey: Finished third in Korea last week
Paul Casey insists he is close to rediscovering his A-game as he heads into this week's Perth International in Australia.
The former world No 3 has struggled for form this season after battling back from a dislocated shoulder suffered in a snowboarding accident last Christmas.
But he finished third at last week's Shinhan Donghae Open on the Korea Golf Tour, which has given him a boost ahead of this week's event at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
Casey told www.europeantour.com: "Being in the mix and competing again was fun. I was frustrated because I had a chance to win and I didn't win. But I've got to remember, I haven't been in that situation for a few months, so I made a couple of mistakes, but that is fine.
"I still think I can win a golf tournament or two before the season's out. But I'm very much looking at the bigger picture of where I'm going."
Although the accident was undoubtedly a setback, Casey believes it could eventually turn out to have helped his golf.
"In hindsight, maybe it's one of the best snowboard crashes I've ever had because it allowed me to really deconstruct 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."
Casey has played on the Perth course before, finishing tied for 18th at the Johnnie Walker Classic in 2003, a full 17 shots behind Ernie Els' European Tour record-winning total of 29 under par.
Casey will play his first two rounds alongside Australia's Craig Parry and Swede Johan Edfors.