Casey’s Withdrawal Opens Door for Wonder-kid

Paul Casey’s withdrawal from this week’s US Open has seen teenage prodigy, Andy Zhang, handed the opportunity to play in his maiden Major at just 14-years old.

Casey’s shoulder injury has forced the Englishman to accept defeat in his battle to be fit in time for the season’s second Major, opening the door for the Chinese-born Florida-based Zhang.

Zhang had only narrowly missed out on qualifying for the tournament. However, he has now been included as one of two amateurs in the field at the Olympic Club, in San Francisco, with Jordan Spieth also in the field, after replacing Brandt Snedeker.

The youngster makes his debut as a 949/1 outsider in the US Open 2012 betting odds.

Zhang will now become the youngest ever player to line up at the US Open, breaking a record that has stood since 1865. The teenager has admitted he is just looking to enjoy the experience, and take everything in from his debut Major.

“I will just try to enjoy it as much as possible. I want to play well, but just to play on a major championship course is great,” Zhang admitted.

Casey, meanwhile, will have to focus on fully recovering from an injury that has been bothering the former world number three since he picked it up during his Christmas break.

The 34-year missed the cut at the Masters, in April, with the injury still bothering him, and Casey has now admitted he is not ready for the US Open.

“You’re always disappointed to miss time due to injury, but it’s especially true when you have to withdraw from the US Open,” said Casey. “I’ve been trying to play my way back, and I feel like I probably came back too soon originally.

“It’s affecting my ability right now to be ready for the test of a Major. I do feel like I’m very nearly ready, but not quite ready for this week.”

For information on the next Major on the golf calendar – the Open Championship – visit the Betfair British Open 2012 odds page.

Johnson returns

Twenty seven year old Dustin Johnson has returned to the golf course for the first time in over two and half months to take part in the memorial tournament which is being defended by fellow American Steve Stricker.

The American admitted to be so out of his routine that he actually forgot to pack much of his essentials for the tournament, most notably all his trouser belts were left at home.

The Golfer his hoping his golf game is not affected by this, and is hoping he can bounce back quickly and not require a lengthy rebidding period before getting back into the swing of things. Johnson hasn’t played since his performance at Doral in March where the American finished joint 35th. The Golfer had felt a twinge in his back during the tournament and it had become worse while he was playing then after the tournament Johnson worsened the injury while pulling in his boat from the water.

The Twenty seven year old tried to play again but immediately knew that the injury was serious. As a result the golfer was not able to play for five weeks, which meant that he had gone some time without playing consistently after suffering serious knee injury back in November of last year which required surgery and meant he missed much of the earlier golf this year.

Johnson is said to be glad to finally come back with no niggles or injuries and hoping to make a quick impact ahead of Ryder Cup selection which is not too far away. Memorial will be a good test as the majority of the world’s best players in particular the American ones will be taking part to ensure much needed ranking points which can secure a place in Team America.