Before you go on assuming that links-style Chambers Bay will be the U.S. Open playground for the European golfers come June, England’s Paul Casey has a warning.
He thinks American golfers love links-style golf, too.
Maybe even more right now than his own countrymen.
“They do embrace it, and they fall in love with it,” said Casey from the WGC-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco on Thursday. “That is why you’ve seen a lt of success from American golfers over (in the United Kingdom). Maybe we can learn fron that.”
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The simplest explanation Casey gave why that might be: Links golf is what the Europeans, by in large, grow up with. And it isn’t the easiest style of golf to play over the long haul.
“When I say tough, just with the conditions, the elements and the conditioning of the course - it can be tough to play,” Casey said. “You then arrive in (the United States), and you think it is absolutely impeccable. And when you go back to play links golf, you go, ‘It is a bit tatty.’ You almost pick faults, to some degree.”
Casey, who had played both the European and PGA Tours full-time, and has 16 professional wins worldwide, said he does not allow himself to get caught up into the nitpicking of links-style courses.
“I have learned not to do that - I love it every time I go over there,” Casey said. “It’s almost like the American guys when they turn up.”