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Casey continues hot form with a 63 at Kingsbarns

Casey continues hot form with a 63 at Kingsbarns

Paul Casey had a 9-under 63 Thursday at Kingsbarns to lead by one shot after the first round of the Dunhill Links, strengthening his bid to win the European Order of Merit.
The 29-year-old Englishman is euro120,000 ($152,000) ahead in the money-order list of second-place David Howell, who shot 75 at Kingsbarns with a lingering shoulder injury to be 145th.
"I would dearly love to win it and if it happens, it happens," Casey said of the Order of Merit. "It would just be a wonderful honor, (but) I am really not going to think about it."
The other two courses at this pro-am tournament are Carnoustie and The Old Course at St. Andrews.
Casey, who won the World Match Play Championship last month and three points out of four as Europe retained the Ryder Cup at The K Club, finished 56th at last week's Amex Championship.
"Last week I was tired and didn't have anything left to give, so this was very refreshing," Casey said.
European Masters champion Bradley Dredge's 8-under 64 was a record for the newly extended Old Course and he is tied for second with Scottish Open winner Johan Edfors, who played at Kingsbarns.
Vijay Singh at Kingsbarns, Gary Evans at St. Andrews and Anders Hansen at Carnoustie shared fourth place with 65s.
Casey, who had a hole in one at the Ryder Cup, hit an 80-yard second shot to hole the 6th _ one of four 2s in his round.
"I am just trying to keep the game simple, find the fairways and find the greens. It just seems to be clicking," he said. "I didn't do anything spectacular today. It was nice, solid stuff."
Padraig Harrington birdied the first four holes in his 66 at Kingsbarns for a share of seventh place.
Scott Drummond sank a 100-foot putt for a rare birdie at the notorious Road Hole 17th on The Old Course in his 66.
Ryder Cup players Robert Karlsson, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood shot 68s at Kingsbarns.
Defending champion Colin Montgomerie (73) and Darren Clarke (76) struggled at Kingsbarns, while Ernie Els shot 69 at the same course.


Updated : 2021-04-10 20:48 GMT+08:00