Casey on slow play: We did this to ourselves

Josh Hill

Hill's European Tour debut will begin on Thursday

The Offaly golfer will return to the site of his first Rolex Series win, when he tees it up this week.

Defending champion at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is Irishman Shane Lowry.

"I love this place", he told the media on Tuesday.

"I don't consider myself a slow player, but we've all got to take responsibility that we have affected the next generation that are coming through", Casey said. The players that are playing in this event are obviously really good, some of the best players in the world.

The Ryder Cup is Shane Lowry's No 1 target this season as he prepares for his first start of the year in Abu Dhabi, where victory 12 months ago kick-started a career-best campaign.

"Anybody who plays this game knows that a lot of form is built on confidence, and that's what I gained from here past year".

"This course, this tournament, against this field every year is a really, really hard tournament to win and it obviously kickstarted an unbelievable season". I just couldn't do it with my knee. That's why I think everyone's here.

"You know there, was no time assessed, there was nothing that occurred and I played under the rules".

"I couldn't really have envisaged what happened", he said of his 2019 success in Abu Dhabi. "To be called out like that was kind of weird but I understand it".

"Even when I got the green light [to practice], I just didn't know whether it was going to feel right, whether you're going to be the same, how it's going to feel", Koepka said, via ESPN. Normally Koepka does not need as much practice as numerous top golfers but he may be cautious not to trouble the knee first week back so a watching brief is advised for the world number one. Victor of the Open Championship in his home country that produced an outpouring of love and affection, no wonder it has taken Lowry a while to get back to an equilibrium where he can practice and prepare properly for tournaments.

"I don't want to be out there for six hours, nor does anybody", he added.

Take a look at our top ten going into the start of Thursday's action and see if there is anyone we might have missed that you would put on there...

"'I'm sure he enjoyed getting the better of me, as he should". I don't want that to happen to people behind me or in front of me.

"Now I won past year in Dubai".

"I have not done too well in these parts, but I have also matured in my game", said Sharma. He later went on to win his first Major, the Open Championship.

I just couldn't do it with my knee.

"I've heard a lot of great things about the event", added the 27-year-old, who was on the losing US team against Great Britain and Ireland in the 2011 Walker Cup. I am playing a lot of golf this year, and I don't have that many breaks, but you know, that's the way it is because the season's just the way it is.

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