Casey says England will soon end major wait

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WORLD No 3 Paul Casey believes it is only a matter of time before he or one of his compatriots ends England's major drought.

Nick Faldo was the last Englishman to win one of golf's premier events when he claimed his third Masters title in 1996.

Lee Westwood has come closest most recently, with his second third-place finish in six majors coming in the Open Championship at Turnberry yesterday.

Worksop golfer missed out by one shot on a play-off with eventual champion Stewart Cink and five-time winner Tom Watson after three-putting the final green.

Just over a year ago he had a putt at the 72nd hole to join Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate in a play-off for the US Open but missed out there too.

Casey, whose best finish at a major came when he was joint sixth at the 2004 Masters, believes the current crop of English players are all capable of winning one of the sport's four big tournaments.

Westwood, the second-highest ranked Englishman, moved up three places to world No 14 after his Turnberry finish with Ian Poulter – runner-up in last year's Open – Ross Fisher, Luke Donald, Oliver Wilson and Justin Rose all in the top 50.