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Casey back in the 'swing of things'

Paul Casey believes he has put his injury nightmares of the past three years behind him and is swinging the golf club as well now as he did when he rose to No 3 in the world in 2009.

It was later that year that Casey suffered a rib injury which curtailed his season but he made a successful comeback, notably finishing third in the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews.

The Englishman was hit by injury woes again, however -- in 2011 he hurt his foot, and in January this year he dislocated his shoulder.

He only started playing again in March and, after a first-round two-under par 70 on Thursday gave him a share of second place in the Ballantine's Championship, he declared: "I feel like I'm swinging it back when I played some great golf in 2006 or 2009.

"The shoulder feels great and the body feels wonderful."

The current world number 45 added: "Been playing some very good golf actually the last couple of weeks. I have just been making too many mistakes and that's what I have got to put right."

That was never more evident than at last week's Volvo China Open where Casey carded a superb opening round of four-under 68 in Tianjin.

However his second round saw mistakes at three holes leading to a 79 – a bizarre card which included a quintuple-bogey 10 at the 12th and two double-bogey sevens, as well as three birdies.

"I can't remember when I last had a 10," said Casey, who dropped nine shots over those three holes but played the other 15 in two-under par.

He said that eliminating such costly errors, "requires playing more competitive rounds of golf and getting that edge back. Because you can't compete out here unless you have that edge."

Casey was one of only 16 players in the 156-man field to finish better than par Thursday on a day when the wind blew fiercely through the picturesque and hilly Blackstone Golf Club in Icheon, South Korea.

Casey lies two shots behind leader Victor Dubuisson of France.

"I was very happy with two-under," Casey said. "I haven't looked at the scores but I have a feeling that a few guys played well and a few guys struggled.

"The golf course changes every day. Tees, pin locations. It doesn't have to have a lot of wind around this golf course to affect the golf ball.

"There are a lot of variables that go into the week. Trying to eliminate those variables is the key.

"I know if I play the golf I am capable of, I've got a very good chance to win. The way I played today -- I need to keep that form going because there's a long way to go."


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