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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 October 2007, 15:42 GMT 16:42 UK
Casey ready for Wentworth defence
Paul Casey
Casey is the top seed for the Wentworth event
HSBC World Matchplay:
Thursday 11-14 October
Live coverage: BBC TV with updates on Radio 5live & the BBC Sport website

Paul Casey starts his defence of the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth on Thursday having decided to rejoin the US Tour next season.

The 30-year-old is hoping to make a similar impact to that of Justin Rose who broke into America's top 20 by competing on both circuits.

Casey said: "I will play at least 15 events in the States. I'm looking at something like Justin's schedule."

Top seed Casey faces American Jerry Kelly in the event's opening match.

Victory over Kelly would bring Casey a quarter-final against Retief Goosen or US Open champion Angel Cabrera.

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"Winning here would turn the year around - I would be a very happy man," said Casey. "I've never defended a title successfully, so that would be a nice goal to tick off."

In the same half of the draw, Rose plays Hunter Mahan, while at the bottom of the draw Padraig Harrington meets Anders Hansen and Montgomerie faces six-time winner Ernie Els.

Montgomerie paid tribute to 27-year-old Rose who will become a member of the world's top 10 for the first time if he reaches the semi-finals.

The Scot said: "Our Ryder Cup team next year would be weaker without him.

Rose has become a very, very good player. A world player

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"There is now an aura, a charisma about him. You could tell that at the Seve Trophy two weeks ago. There is a real respect towards him from others and he even walks into a room differently now - he has become a very, very good player. A world player."

Rose's only previous appearance in the Match Play saw him lose in the first round to Vijay Singh, but he is confident of progressing further this week.

He said: "I feel like I've learnt this year how to prepare well for the majors and I'm going to try and use the same formula next year. My consistency has got better and my quality has gone up.

"Certainly what I would like now is a piece of silverware. It would cap off a great year for me."


Full draw (seeded position in brackets):
0815 and 1245
(1) Paul Casey (Eng) v (16) Jerry Kelly (US)
0827 and 1257
(8) Retief Goosen (SA) v (9) Angel Cabrera (Arg)
0839 and 1309
(5) Justin Rose (Eng) v (12) Hunter Mahan (US)
0851 and 1321
(4) Rory Sabbatini (SA) v (13) Soren Hansen (Den)
0903 and 1333
(3) Padraig Harrington (Ire) v (14) Anders Hansen (Den)
0915 and 1345
(6) Henrik Stenson (Swe) v (11) Woody Austin (US)
0927 and 1357
(7) Niclas Fasth (Swe) v (10) Andres Romero (Arg)
0939 and 1409
(2) Ernie Els (SA) v (15) Colin Montgomerie (Sco)


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