By Kevin Currie, Golf Editor - Archive - Email
Casey returns from yet another injury

Paul Casey dislocated his right shoulder in a Christmas eve snowboarding accident.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Though he joked on Wednesday that he isn't becoming an expert on injuries, a look at Paul Casey's track record and one might think differently.

Dating to 2005, Casey has had to battle injuries to both shoulders, his back, his ribs and turf toe.

Casey is playing in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral this week, marking his first event since dislocating his right shoulder in a Christmas eve snowboarding accident.

"I was worried because I didn't know what I had done to the shoulder. Heard a sound, felt the pain, and within a few minutes, couldn't move the arm," Casey said at a Wednesday press conference. "So I knew I had done something. And I'm not an expert at injuries, so I didn't know whether it was a dislocation or a torn something or a separation."

The diagnosis was dislocation. He went on to state that within an hour of his diagnosis his shoulder was back in its socket. With the pain quickly subsiding after that, Casey thought he'd be back in time for the Middle East swing on the European Tour.

Not so fast.

The Englishman quickly realized that it wasn't going to be that easy. He worked with a trainer in Arizona, who has 12 years experience working with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Casey missed the first nine weeks of the 2012 season, which is a far cry from what it could have been. If surgery was needed, he would have been out of action for nearly half the season.

"Finding out that I didn't need surgery was a relief because the surgery was going to (put me out) four to six months," Casey explained. "Basically would have wiped out the whole season if I had needed surgery. So, it was a relief."

The rash of injuries have taken their toll on Casey's performance over the years. Between 2005-07, Casey totaled five wins on the European Tour, which helped him earn spots on both the 2006 and 2008 European Ryder Cup teams.

After a winless 2008 campaign, he got back to his winning ways in 2009 with a pair of European Tour titles, as well as his first PGA Tour victory in Houston.

After a stellar start to his 2009 campaign, it all went downhill after the British Open. He injured his ribs and tried to play just three more times the rest of the season. He withdrew twice and was a first-round loser at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

Casey was winless in 2010 as he battled a left shoulder problem that forced him to miss his title defense in Houston, but did combine for 10 top-10 finishes on the European and PGA Tours in 2010.

Last year, Casey had only three top 10s, including a win at the Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa. His other two top 10s came late in the season as he played through turf toe.

Going forward, Casey would love to make this year's Ryder Cup team, but he doesn't think that adds pressure to his season.

"I don't think it adds any urgency or any pressure. It's a no-lose situation. I would love to make that team. I want to make that team. I think I will make that team," he said.

"I've just got to play the golf I know I'm capable of and start winning tournaments and that will take care of itself."

Casey is right on the mark there. Start winning, and everything will take care of itself.

Now, if he can just take care of himself a little better.


Golf fans clamoring to see all the stars in one place at one time need to look no further than this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship.

According to the PGA Tour, this event marks just the ninth time since 2005 in which every player ranked in the top 50 in the world rankings is competing.

Seems hard to believe, doesn't it?

The breakdown of the nine events includes the 2005 Players Championship, four of the last six Masters and four World Golf Championships -- two Accenture Match Plays and two Cadillac Championships.

The four aforementioned events are the most likely to have the top 50 year in and year out, but what about the other three majors?

This isn't the 1920s or 1930s, when players skipped the British Open because of traveling difficulties.

The reason all of the top 50 don't play together more often than not is because of injuries.

Tiger Woods, who feasts on the biggest events, has missed eight majors, WGCs or Players Championships since 2005.

With all 50 in action at an outstanding venue, it should be a special week at Doral.


* World No. 53 Ryo Ishikawa is the highest ranked player not competing at Doral this week. However, he is playing the PGA Tour's opposite event, the Puerto Rico Open.

* The top of the world rankings are so tight that Luke Donald and Lee Westwood could jump over No. 1 Rory McIlroy and ascend to the top of the rankings with a win this week.

* Two-time U.S. Open champions Retief Goosen and Ernie Els are among the biggest names who have yet to qualify for this year's Masters.

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