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It represents a remarkable improvement for Casey who has missed two cuts in four post-shutdown starts.
Casey said he was much happier with his progress than when he returned to action at the Travelers Championship in June after spending nearly three months without touching his golf clubs.
“Worked on the body and the mind, but yeah, no golf for three months, not a single shot,” he added.
“I felt pretty ready to come out and play, and I thought I showed some pretty good form at Travelers, so I was ready to go. Like I said, just been a bit flat (since then).”
With rounds of 68-67-68, Casey has not been flat this week and feels more comfortable on the course with caddie John McLaren back on his bag for the first time since the shutdown.
“I’ve played really well and I think that reflects in the clean scorecards I’ve been keeping,” he added. “We’ll see what it yields, but I certainly feel I can produce the golf I’ve been producing up until now.” (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru Editing by Christian Radnedge)