Monday 18 December 2017

Casey impressed by hardy fans

Mark Garrod

Paul Casey could hardly believe what he saw during his third-round 78 at The Open.

Fans packed out the course at Royal St George's despite howling winds and heavy rain making life uncomfortable for players and spectators alike.

"The crowds were unbelievable," said England's world's number 14 as he fell from three over par to 11 over.

"They were heroes. I was expecting one man and a dog, but we had a couple of thousand on the first hole. I've got to applaud them."

Casey was only four over after 13 holes, but a drive out of bounds on the 547-yard 14th led to a double-bogey seven.

"It just slid off the clubface," he commented. "I was aiming left edge and it cleared the fence by about five yards, so that's 40 yards right of where I wanted.

"A level-par round today is as good as the five under by Thomas (Bjorn) on Thursday."

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