Casey said he won’t try to tee it up in Friday’s first round until he gets the green light from Dr. Dean Cummings, an orthopedic surgeon from Phoenix who is treating his rib injury.
“If he says, `Don’t worry, you can’t damage yourself, don’t worry about the pain,’ then I will go play,” Casey said. “If he says, `No, I can do more damage,’ then I will pull the plug. There is too much stuff at stake.”
The No. 3 player in the world rankings hasn’t completed a tournament since the British Open six weeks ago, where he injured muscles in his right rib cage practicing the week before the event. Cummings diagnosed Casey’s problem as a torn interior oblique muscle and a strain to the intracostal muscle.
Casey didn’t hit more than a sand wedge Wednesday on the range. He said he couldn’t get to a club longer than an 8-iron without feeling discomfort on Tuesday. He hasn't hit a driver in more than three weeks.