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Birkdale far from a piece of cake for birthday boy Casey

Paul Casey's 40th birthday failed to produce any happy returns as he slumped out of contention on day two at The Open.

The World No.16, who ended Thursday one shot off the lead after a first-round 66, carded eight bogeys in a second-round 77 that saw him fall to three over par at Royal Birkdale.

It made for an unpleasant birthday, which Casey had marked by wearing a specially branded pair of shoes with 'PC' and '40' stitched into the left and right heels respectively.

Casey said: "Today was work on the golf course. Parties are a totally separate thing to golf.

"I didn't strike it particularly well. In fact, I didn't do anything particularly well.

"I think I struggled with the wind direction. It was coming from a very different angle. I have played it in this direction before so I should know it, but it was one of those days."

Casey, who teed off at 8.25am, was especially frustrated because he felt he had got lucky with the weather.

He said: "The wind was as strong as I thought, but how we didn't get wet... I saw the radar before I went out and it looked horrific."

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