DORAL, Fla. – As more players began filtering onto the Doral practice tee to prepare for this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship, the one professional who stood out among an all-star field was Paul Casey.
Casey has been on the DL since a snowboarding injury in January. Monday’s practice round at Doral was his first 18 holes walking since the injury.
“I feel tired,” Casey said. “I’m just rusty, but my swing doesn’t feel restricted in any way.”
Still, Casey’s condition is a far cry better than when he dislocated his right shoulder in Colorado.
“It was excruciating,” Casey recalled. “I was (passed) out for an hour and when they put (his shoulder) back in it went from being a 9 on the pain scale to a 1. I was thinking, ‘Cool, I can play Abu Dhabi.’”
Instead the Englishman missed the first two months of the season and was not able to defend his title at the Volvo Golf Champions. His last competitive round was at the Dubai World Championship in December.