Paul Casey: Believes he is mentally ready to challenge for major championships
Paul Casey says watching Justin Rose win the US Open has inspired him to believe he can emulate his long-time friend.
Casey birdied three straight holes in a four-under first-round at the Irish Open on Thursday as he bids to end a two-year winless drought that has seen him drop from world No 3 to 169 in the world.
The 35-year-old had to find his way into the US Open the hard way, qualifying weeks earlier at the Walton Heath course in Surrey.
"It was the first time ever I had to qualify for a US Open made me realise how precious they are playing in every one of the Majors," he said.
"And after seeing good friend Justin Rose win the US Open I feel as though I can play that kind of golf.
"Justin and myself grew-up together playing amateur golf, so I've known him an awful long time.
"But was I ready before seeing Justin win? I don't know but I know I am ready now. Certainly 10 years ago when I was pretty green I was not prepared to handle everything that goes with winning a Major.
"But that I feel I am fully, and I just need the golf to be there."