NORTON, Mass. – Even though he withdrew yesterday from the Deutsche Bank Championship, Paul Casey is still hanging around Boston to support the sponsor and their clients.
“I played my first event as a professional with (Deutsche Bank CEO) Seth Waugh in my group,” Casey said of when he played in the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational. “So I thought I’d hang around with Seth and help him out.”
Casey plan to leave Saturday and go to Chicago where he hopes to tee it up later in the day at Cog Hill.
The Englishman hasn’t hit a ball on a golf course since Bridgestone and while his doctor has left it up to him to decide when he is ready to play, he has been reluctant to play since his rib cage is still tender.
“It still hurts when I hit off a level lie on the driving range,” Casey said “So I can’t imagine what it would be like in the rough or on an uneven lie on a golf course.”
When he injured his rib cage at Bridgestone, Casey thought he could go home and work out and ride his bike, but his doctor warned against physical activity that would require him to breath heavy. The expansion of his lungs could injure his already sore ribs.
So now Casey will go to Cog Hill to experiment. He will try playing three holes and if all goes well, he will play three more. Since he has Saturday through Wednesday to experiment, Casey hopes he will be able to play 18 by Thursday’s first round of the BMW Championship.