Despite the lack of carrot juice, 2004 Ryder Cup star Paul Casey arrived in Shenzhen yesterday for the $1.3 million Volvo China Open in good shape and not too badly jetlagged. Casey admitted that his recent good performances in China were thanks to a knack of getting over jetlag quickly, and to help this further a friend advised him to drink carrot juice to help him combat it on his arrival here this week. Unfortunately he didn't get to try out the potion. 'I've heard carrot juice is the secret,' Casey laughed. 'I'm absolutely serious. That's what I've been told but it has to be fresh and I couldn't find any at the airport [in Hong Kong] so I ended up taking nothing. I've just had Red Bull to keep me awake. 'But I always seem to be reasonably fresh when I come to China, despite the fact I'm travelling a long way from home. I always seem to have dealt with jetlag well.' Carrot juice or not, Casey is right when he says he always seems to play well in the region. The Englishman has a good record in China, where he won his first tournament earlier this year in March in the TCL Classic at Yalong Bay Golf Club, on Hainan Island. A good seventh in the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai a fortnight ago signalled that he'll be looking to be amongst the leaders this weekend as well. 'It's the first time I've started the new season this side of Christmas, and that was in the HSBC tournament in Shanghai (this was the first event on the 2006 European tour) and my game's right where I want it to be,' Casey said. 'This is my first time at this event but I'm very impressed with the course. It's my fifth event in China this year where I have a good record so it's good to be back. 'The first time I played in China I got a win so I'm hoping for the same this week. I enjoy playing the courses here; they seem to suit my game. The crowds are all very enthusiastic and friendly and it all makes for an enjoyable event.' Casey, 28, is currently in the 10th automatic place for the Ryder Cup team and he knows that he will have his work cut out to be in contention to make next year's side. 'If you look at guys like Monty [Colin Montgomery], [Paul] McGinley and [David] Howell they have already played wonderful golf and Europe is so strong just now,' he said. 'If you look down the list there are a lot of guys who all have very good chances of making it and I am in that group. I'll have to play some brilliant golf to try and nudge ahead and make the team.' As well as having only good things to say about the tournaments in China he'd played in, Casey was quick to acknowledge the standard of golf shown by Asian golfers. In the last round of the HSBC tournament in Shanghai he played alongside China's Zhang Lianwei and was mightily impressed. 'I don't normally pay much attention to anyone else when I'm playing but when I played with Zhang in Shanghai I thought he was a fantastic golfer,' Casey said. 'He hits the ball beautifully and is a good role model for other Asian golfers. Chawalit Plaphol [of Thailand] is another who played some fantastic golf in the TCL Classic earlier this year. Asia has a few fantastic players. It's a matter of them improving their confidence.'