Casas the fighter!

Thu 20 Mar 2014

Casas the fighter!

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March 20: True to his name, you can never keep Cassius Casas down as he was named after a boxer, Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
Named after a champion, Casas himself is a legend in the Philippines, having won more than 80 victories on the local circuit.
He took a break from golf to coach the Philippine Amateur Golf Team and after his tenure was up, a more focussed and determined Casas decided to return to professional golf.
He signalled his return to the play-for-pay ranks by winning two local events and immediately signed up for the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage held in Thailand in February.
There was no signs of weakness in his ‘punches’ as the veteran, who was making his first trip to Qualifying School, shot a four-day total of six-under-par 279 to finish tied 18th to earn his Tour card for 2014.
“The players are really young. It feels like I’m the only old guy left! So much has changed since. The Tour is more organised and I’m feeling excited because I’ve been preparing for a long time to make my return to the Asian Tour,” said the 47-year-old Casas.
After graduating from Qualifying School with flying colours, Casas insists that he is a changed man with sharper focus and goals.
“My game slowed down after I became the coach for the Philippine Amateur Golf Team. I wanted to avoid the mess in Manila and my daughters started counselling me. They said, ‘papa why don’t you go back to Davao and refresh. Leave us here while we study and you can go back to Davao to fix your life.”
He did just that and he put his problems aside to beat Antonio Lascuna by one shot at the 2014 TCC Invitational held at The Country Club, which was also the venue for the US$300,000 Solaire Open.
“Before I won the TCC Invitational, I told myself that this is the beginning. I only slept for five hours a night because I started my training from 6am until midnight!” he explained.
“People tell me that I’m already old and a has-been. So I practised hard to show them that I can still fight. I have gained confidence and become much bolder. I have high expecatations this year. I want to be the number one golfer on the Asian Tour. That’s my goal,” smiled Casas.
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