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‘Not here for a jolly’: Englishman’s quest to spoil at Australian Open

A weary Paul Casey insists he hasn’t come to Sydney for a holiday as he plans to crash the party for Australia’s best, who will headline an event also sprinkled with Sergio Garcia stardust.

The affable Englishman, the world No.14 and top ranked player in the Australian Open field, landed on Monday after an arduous trip and is trying to put his name on one of the most famous trophies in golf. He’s also scrapping for vital rankings points before next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.

Paul Casey will be the highest ranked player in the Australian Open field.

Paul Casey will be the highest ranked player in the Australian Open field.Credit:AP

Casey won on both the USPGA and European Tours this year and is likely to fly under the radar in the build-up for a tournament boasting what many have described as the deepest field assembled for the national championship in almost a decade.

Former US Masters heroes Adam Scott and Garcia will join the likes of homegrown products Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith, defending champion Abraham Ancer and Presidents Cup International captain Ernie Els.

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