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Can Casey challenge for the majors?

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Paul Casey won his first title for two years by claiming the Abu Dhabi Championship. Afterwards, he said he felt his game is now "better than it's ever been".

He also showed a lot of resilience to win the tournament after those three bogeys on the back nine of his final round.

Casey is clearly a talented player but is he ready to move onto the next level and begin challenging for the Majors?

Or is the fact that he led by six shots with six to play and nearly threw it away an indication that he may not have the temperament to win the big prizes?

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posted Jan 19, 2009

If Casey's going to win major, it's most likely to be The Masters, but I'm not at all confident he will. He has the physical ability, but not the mental strength and I increasingly feel he's too comfortable being just behind the top guys. It's a good living, without media intrusion and that's something he really doesn't enjoy. He's often played extremely well after removing himself from contention and, when he does win, it's been much closer than it should have been. He blew it at Celtic Manor 3 years ago and nearly did so again at Gleneagles and yesterday. He's good, but he's not good enough.

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posted Jan 19, 2009

Casey has played well at quite a few majors but there has always been a few really bad holes in a final ound that have taken him out of contention, a bit like J.Rose in that sense.......i'll bet Rory McIlroy wins one before him though, what a talent........

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posted Jan 19, 2009

Is it not wierd that we hype or debate, whatever way you look at it, whether or not the like of Casey will win a major. When at the same time Zack Jonhson has won his 5th PGA tour event and is also a major winner and yet we can't see that casey will never be half as good as him?

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posted Jan 19, 2009

He has as good a chance as any of the other British players although if you are talking about a first time major winner from Europe I would rather go with Karlsson or Stenson.

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posted Jan 20, 2009

Like others I think a few wins between now and April and you will see his odds shorten for the Masters. Big hitter which should see him right... 'til he gets to the greens...

Good to see so many european players being touted for a major win this year. Personally hope to see Karlsson and Garcia win something this year. Best bets for them might be US PGA and US Open. Harrington might well win another.

Good point about Kaymer as well, next few years should hopefully see him develop in to top ten player.

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posted Jan 20, 2009

I always bunch Casey together with players like Charles Howell III - both have a lot of ability but haven't made the steady progress you would have expected them to make. Both more than capable of winning big, prestigious titles but don't tend to push on after these. Both more than capable of getting to the top of the leaderboard in a Major but both have stalled when they have got there.

For both I could see one Major leading to 2 or 3 more, as is always the case, though, number 1 may prove too hard to get.

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posted Jan 20, 2009

Chilli I have to disagree, I think Casey is a much better player than Howell no3.

Howell has never even troubled a Ryder cuo slot. He has been steadily slipping down the rankings ever since a good rookie year.

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posted Jan 20, 2009

mclaren,
I agree that Casey is better, but i don't think it's by a great deal. The reason that i term them together is that i believe there are more than a few parallells in the sort of game that they have and the fact that both have failed to, yet, reach the heights that they were expected to when they turned pro.

Howell hasn't made the Ryder Cup but he did play in the Presidents Cup in 2007, similar performances are required to qualify for that as for the Ryder Cup.

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posted Jan 20, 2009

Along with Casey and Howell 3rd, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, must be in contention for a Major in the next few years.

Would hope that Lee would get his this year followed by Luke.

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comment by slasher (U7328591)

posted Jan 20, 2009


I think the most likely person in Europe to win a major other than harrington would be perhaps one of the swedes. I would kind of like Westwood to win one but like the other British golfers, doesnt seem to have the bottle on the back 9 on a Sunday in a major. I would not put casey near westwood as a player so he would be less likely. Rose and Donald would be in a similar league to Casey, talent in abundance but lacking the grit to get the job done.

I would not be at all suprised to see Harrington win a 4th major this year, lovely start to his season last week finishing a solid 5th. People also forget that outside of his two major wins last year, he also finished top european at the 2008 US Masters, I think he finished 5th without playing great. He is so mentally tough and would fancy him going down the stretch again.

Adam Scott has to be the most over-rated player ever. I have yet to see him contend on the back 9 of a major in one single major championship !! They called him the next Greg Norman, lets not forget that though Greg should have won more, he won 2 majors and contended on the back 9 in dozens including at the age of 53 !!! scott has not even contended and he is in his late 20s.

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