x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Oosthuizen sure Casey will bounce back from St Andrews disappointment

Louis Oosthuizen is backing Paul Casey to bounce back from his desperately disappointing finish to the British Open.

Louis Oosthuizen is backing Paul Casey to bounce back from his desperately disappointing finish to the British Open. While the 27-year-old South African celebrated his seven-shot win at St Andrews, Casey had plenty to ponder after a back nine 40, including a triple bogey seven at the 12th, handed second place to Lee Westwood. "Paul is a fantastic golfer and a great person," said Oosthuizen. "He's definitely going to win a major, that's for sure." By dropping to joint third with Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson on eight-under par, eight behind, Casey did not even have the consolation of climbing into an automatic qualifying spot on the Ryder Cup table. "Louis was in a different league," Casey said. "That softens my disappointment slightly because it was a tremendous performance. He didn't flinch. I know I'm going to win a major, it's just a matter of time. This week just wasn't my week."

Asked if so many Europeans on the leaderboard bode well for Celtic Manor in October the world number eight said: "Yeah. I need to get on that team, though, first." * Agencies