Casey targets Perth success
Paul Casey has had his appetite whetted for European Tour success and hopes to be at the right end of the table in Perth this weekend.
The former world number three has struggled for form this season after battling back from a dislocated shoulder suffered in a snowboarding accident last Christmas.
But he was back on the right track at last week's Shinhan Donghae Open on the Korea Golf Tour with a third-place finish, which has given him a boost for this week's Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
Casey told the European Tour's website: "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, while former US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and American star Jason Dufner are the standout names in the field.
For Dufner, it will be his first tournament since being part of the US Ryder Cup team that were stunned by the European comeback at Medinah two weeks ago.
It was a successful debut for Dufner personally, the 35-year-old winning three points out of four, but he admitted it has taken time to recover from the shock loss.
"It's been a tough couple of weeks since the Ryder Cup for myself, and the toughest thing about it is you've got to wait two years until you can play again," he said.
"That's a long time for us.
"So there's a lot of different dynamics with the Ryder Cup and failing how we did as a team and losing the event. But I'm looking forward to playing golf again and getting over it and moving past it a little bit."