Paul Casey hands Ryder Cup boost to Europe with return to Tour

first_imgEurope have been handed an early boost in respect of next year’s Ryder Cup after Paul Casey made himself eligible for selection again.Casey, who is based in Arizona, sat out USA’s comprehensive win at Hazeltine in 2016 having refused to rejoin the European Tour because of family commitments. Only full members of the Tour can represent Europe.A change of heart means Casey, the world No15 and the sixth-highest ranked European, will look to make himself an automatic selection for Thomas Bjorn’s team for Le Golf National in France. Here ends what has become one of the sport’s longest-running sagas.“I want to play another Ryder Cup,” said Casey. “That’s why I need to do this. It was really important to me. I have missed it too much. I have missed my contribution to England golf, British golf; my contribution to Europe. Watching a Ryder Cup, not being a part of that.“My Ryder Cup experiences in the past have been the highlight of my career. I just want to be and need to be a part of the European Tour, and then obviously that puts me in line to hopefully, possibly, play another Ryder Cup, which I would dearly love to do.“I genuinely can’t tell you how excited I am and how cool it is to think about that and the possibility of that next September, for multiple reasons.“I feel like obviously the golf I’ve played the last few years, I feel I can be a massive contribution on the golf course. But I think what excites me more is the role I feel I can play supporting the young guys.” Read more Read more Topics Tiger Woods avoids jail after pleading guilty to reckless driving Ryder Cup Share on WhatsApp The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Paul Casey … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Golf Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Justin Rose Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Messenger Casey, a former winner of the World Match Play Championship, was part of the European team for victories in 2004 and 2006, plus defeat to the US in 2008. There has been a widespread notion that Casey being controversially overlooked for a wildcard selection in 2010 resonated to the point where he had no interest in further Ryder Cup participation.“I love a great conspiracy theory but that’s rubbish,” Casey said. “No, [that] had nothing to do with it whatsoever.”Casey’s fellow Englishman Justin Rose was the key beneficiary of a staggering Dustin Johnson collapse as Rose claimed the WGC-HSBC Champions title in China on Sunday. Johnson led the field by six – and Rose by eight – heading into the final round but carded a 77. Rose’s 67 handed him a two-shot victory.“It’s the kind of day you certainly don’t expect,” Rose said. “It’s the kind of day you hope for, dream for, but a lot of things need to go your way in order for a day like today to happen coming from eight shots behind, especially going against a player like DJ.”While Rose suddenly has a European order of merit title on his mind, Johnson was left to rue the kind of fourth round which he made a damaging habit of earlier in his career. “I felt fine all day,” Johnson, the world No1, said. “I just could never get anything going and didn’t hole any putts. It was pretty simple.”last_img

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