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Paul Casey ignoring the past as he takes Memorial lead

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Paul Casey refused to be drawn on what he'd achieved in the past after the Englishman continued his good form at Muirfield Village with a second consecutive 66 - opening up a three-stroke lead over Masters champion Bubba Watson. 

Casey has been rebuilding his game ever since mid-2012 after he suffered a dislocated shoulder in a freak skiing accident over the Christmas period months previous, meaning weeks on the sidelines as well as other drawbacks that accompany such a injury. 

On Friday, though, the 36 year old provided yet another reminder of why he was once ranked the third best golfer on the planet with an imperious iron display to open up a three-shot lead over his nearest competitor Watson. 

Post round, the 12-time European Tour winner refused to be drawn on what had happened in previous seasons.

"I don't want to continue to look back at where I was and measure myself against how I used to play," he said.

"And taking something like being three in the world as a measure, if I get back to three, hey, then I'm back, I think you can't do that. You can't control how the other guys play, how world ranking points are distributed.

"All I can do is start trying to rack up wins. And I don't think after one victory or even a couple of victories you can then say, oh, I'm back.

"I think hopefully we can have this discussion in five years' time after I've played some great golf for five years and say, all right, now I'm coming back."

The 2006 Ryder Cup winner is targeting just his second win on American soil having triumphed five years ago at the Shell Houston Open. He's no stranger to the winners' circle, though, having racked up 15 professional wins since 2001 including two Abu Dhabi Golf Championship wins. 

Winning Jack Nicklaus' event in Dublin would be his marquee victory to date, however, to go with his BMW PGA Championship victory in 2009.

But despite leading with 36 holes to play, Casey was relaxed heading into the weekend because - having announced his engagement to Pollyanna Woodward in the New Year - making bogeys no longer feels like the end of the world. 

"Making bogey on nine, it actually wasn't a bad bogey, good bogey in the end, but I see Pollyanna, my fiancee, and it's like bogey doesn't matter," he added.

"And I know it's going to matter even less in September, and that's kind of cool. I didn't have that a few years ago, but I have it now."

It might matter a tad if a mistake at the 72nd hole costs him victory on Sunday, but in a week where engagements have been a topic of discussion for unhappier reasons, no one could begrudge a Casey win after the Englishman put a blemish on the scorecard into a perfect perspective. 

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