Casey's lucky break?
I've always wanted to give a professional golfer a bit of advice. So I would like to thank Paul Casey, who was busy "ripping his right arm out of its socket" on a mountain in Colorado last Christmas, for providing me with the opportunity.
"Maybe you should think about jacking in the snowboarding?" I suggested.
"I need to stop it, don't I?" said Casey, who is set for his eighth Masters appearance on Thursday. But I'm not entirely convinced my suggestion hit home. "I probably will - at least maybe until next year."
Blase? Maybe. But when you've had your entire previous season blighted by something as obscure and absurd-sounding as 'turf toe', you're liable to lean towards the fatalistic.
The ailment, which meant Casey had trouble getting round the course, let alone stringing four tournament-winning rounds together, saw the 34-year-old slide down the rankings to 31st in the world, from a career-high third in 2009.
Casey, so often cited as the cream of a bumper crop of British golfers to emerge since the new millennium, had curdled.
His body "beaten up", "a bit bored, a bit burned out, needing a break", Casey found himself playing bit parts on golf's global stage. Meanwhile, Luke Donald, Casey's old mucker from their Walker Cup days, was the man to plant the flag of St George at the summit of the sport.
Then came the Colorado calamity, which kept him on the sidelines for almost three months.
"It's that ego thing," said Casey. "Suddenly you're not being asked that question, 'are you one of the favourites to win the Masters this year?' You're down the list, not even recognised as one of the guys who's got a chance.
"Luke, Justin [Rose], Rory [McIlroy] - they're my mates so it's fun to watch. But I wish I was there, to pit myself against them and see how I stack up."
If this makes Casey sound wistful, resigned even, he is anything but.
"I'm excited again, hungry, keen to practise," he said. "I forgot how much I love the game of golf and I really wanted it back. Even with the injuries, I'm still better than most of the guys out there. And when I'm playing the golf I'm capable of I've got a much better chance than most of winning a major.
"I know how good I've been and I think I can be better than I've been before.
"The game's not there yet. I've got to sharpen it up and the swing isn't quite repetitive. But I feel like I can swing it like I could a few years ago, back in 2009 [when Casey won three of his 13 professional titles, including his sole victory on the US PGA Tour]."
Casey has played only three tournaments since his comeback, finishing 51st at Doral (where fellow Englishman Rose triumphed) before missing the cut in Florida (where Donald prevailed to replace McIlroy as world number one) and Houston.
But the man they call Popeye - not because of his spinach intake, but on account of the size of his forearms - remains punchy about his chances at Augusta.
"I love the place, and if you enjoy a golf course then you're going to play well on it," he said.
"There are only two places that make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up - one is St Andrews and the other is Augusta. St Andrews is incredibly pure, natural golf. Augusta is at the other end of the spectrum: man taking the land and creating something beautiful and challenging.
"You stand there on the 12th tee and you're looking at Amen Corner - the 11th green to the left, 13th fairway to your right, 12th green in front of you - and you think to yourself: 'This is absolutely gorgeous.' And then you think: 'Bloody hell, how am I going to hit this green?'
"There's danger everywhere, it takes precision to another level. The examination you're given as a golfer is unlike any other - all that beauty hides the difficulty beneath. Augusta is one of those courses that if you've got a weakness, it will highlight it in a heartbeat. But I still believe I can turn it on, go out there and take all the money off my mates.
"Do I think I will? Yes. But realistically, maybe it's going to take another month, or even six months, for me to really sharpen up my game and for everything to really click. You know what form is like, you can't control it. But I hope it all clicks this week."
And if you were thinking about having a Masters punt, make sure to take into account the heft of a player's legs.
"It sounds daft, but you need strong legs around Augusta, because of all the angles you have to play off," said Casey. "Luckily, my calves are even bigger than my forearms."