Are you already feeling that sense of finite quality of the time left in your career?
I don’t have the physical attributes maybe I had 10 or 15 years ago, but I’m still physically gifted. But, yeah, I’m aware of it. I’m not overly worried. I actually see it more of a challenge. I was the oldest guy at the Tour Championship this year. I’d like to be the oldest guy to win majors and win W.G.C. [World Golf Championships] events.
You have wins all around the world, but only three in the United States. Did you expect to have had more in the U.S.?
It would be nice, but you’ve got to remember that there was an awful long time in my career where I played two tours. The only events I played in the U.S. would be the majors, W.G.C., Players Championship, Bay Hill, Memorial. And guess who won all those? Yeah, I would love more victories, but I’m very proud and happy to have played in the era of Tiger Woods’ dominance.
What have you not accomplished in the game that you’re still striving for?
Sit me down in maybe another five years and go, “You won this, but you didn’t win that, how do you feel about it?” I don’t know that any of that is going to bother me. To me, it’s how I’ve behaved as a person, and a golfer.
I think I will be very satisfied if I worked as hard as I could, had a lot of fun on the way, entertained people, gave to charity. That’s how I’m going to measure it. If I win another five times in the next three years, including a major, great. But if I’m not happy doing it and I’m not helping others along the way, what’s the point of it all?
If you wind up without a major, it sounds like you won’t be haunted by that.
It’s incredibly flattering when people go, “Paul Casey is one of the best players in the world who has not won a major.” But I’d rather be a guy who doesn’t win a major and is a good guy. I’ve had ups and downs in this game. There were times many years ago when I thought I lost my golf game and wouldn’t get it back.