SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Paul Casey won in Korea last weekend, packed up some needed confidence, made a 20-hour trip to California and has been fighting his body clock ever since.
What day is it? he was asked Friday.
“Wednesday?” he said, smiling.
He knew better. But he also knew he wasn’t in sync.
“The 16-hour time change (has) been kicking my (butt) this week,” the Englishman said. “Yeah, been waking up in the middle of the night.”
Still, Casey has been kicking some butt himself. Despite the fatigue and some lapses in concentration, Casey finds himself as the Frys.com Open midway leader at 8-under 134, one stroke ahead of newly minted professional Bud Cauley.
Casey, who entered the week 135th in PGA Tour earnings, hasn’t been himself this year because he has been hampered by an injured right toe since May. He figures he’s about 70 percent healthy now, able to walk without limping.
“It’s probably the best I’ve hit the golf ball all year,” he said happily after his second-round 64 at CordeValle Golf Club.
Casey said he’s more concerned about getting healthy than cracking the top 125. He says his footwork isn’t perfect yet, but he’s no longer playing with a plate in his shoe and his toes taped together, as in summer.
“The ball-striking is coming back,” he said. “By no means is it perfect, but it’s nice to look up and know that the golf ball is actually going in the direction that I wanted it to go in, which hasn’t happened in a really long time.”