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Casey targets a major after rediscovering form

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July 1, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Paul Casey wants a major, after returning to winning ways in Ireland © PA Photos
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Paul Casey is hopeful he can emulate compatriot Justin Rose and go on to become a major winner after putting his recent poor form behind him with victory at the Irish Open.

Casey, the former world No. 3, suffered an alarming loss of form due to various injury-related issues in 2011 - but got his first win since the start of that year at Carton House on Sunday.

The Englishman admitted it was a real boost to get back in the winner's circle for his 12th European Tour title.

''Psychologically this is huge,'' Casey said. ''It feels like a first win again. I have struggled with the confidence and this is a huge relief knowing I am moving in the right direction.

''I have great golf in me for 10 years plus. This is a massive confidence boost.''

Casey now hopes to elevate his game to the point where he can contend for a major championship, having seen Rose achieve that success last month in the US Open.

Rose has struggled with his own problems during his professional career - famously missing 22 cuts in a row during his early days on tour - and Casey, who played at Merion after qualifying at Walton Heath, admits he was inspired by seeing Rose's success.

'That really lit the fire,'' he added. ''Justin's victory was phenomenal and I was so proud of what he did and how he handled himself.

''It's well documented how he struggled at the beginning of his career and I have seen the work he has put in to become one of the best players in the world. I have been there before and I desperately want to be in control of my game and winning championships again.

''I was ready back in 2009 when I was playing some phenomenal golf and I'm really ready now for everything that happens after a major victory. That's the goal.''

The former Ryder Cup player remains outside the world's top 100 despite his win - rising 67 places to 102nd in the world rankings.

The week's other winner, Bill Haas, climbs to 24th following his success at the AT&T National.

World Rankings: 1. Tiger Woods (USA), 2. Rory McIlroy (NIR), 3. Justin Rose (Eng), 4. Adam Scott (Aus), 5. Matt Kuchar (USA), 6. Phil Mickelson (USA), 7. Brandt Snedeker (USA), 8. Luke Donald (Eng), 9. Graeme McDowell, 10. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), 11. Steve Stricker (USA), 12. Lee Westwood (Eng), 13. Sergio Garcia (ESP), 14. Charl Schwartzel (RSA), 15. Ernie Els (RSA), 16. Keegan Bradley (USA), 17. Bubba Watson (USA), 18. Jason Day (Aus), 19. Webb Simpson (USA), 20. Ian Poulter (Eng).

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