Casey looks set to play in next year's Ryder Cup after rejoining the European Tour
Paul Casey Rejoins European Tour To Boost Ryder Cup Hopes
Paul Casey has thrown his name into the hat for the 2018 European Ryder Cup team by rejoining the European Tour.
The Englishman rejoins the Tour after leaving it in 2015.
It means he can now qualify for his first Ryder Cup since he last played in 2008 at Valhalla.
Casey is currently ranked 15th in the world, the sixth-highest ranked European.
He has a young child and has been living in Arizona for some time now, making it difficult to balance life on the European and PGA Tours whilst making time for his family.
“The reasons why I didn’t renew my membership originally was because of commitments to my family and, if anything, that’s now doubly difficult because I’ve got a seven-week-old little girl at home,” he said.
“As hard as it was trying to make it work three years ago, struggling with my game and dropping out of the world’s top 50, I have missed it too much.
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“Missed my contribution to European golf and watching the Ryder Cup and not being a part of that.”
He also played on the winning sides in 2004 and 2006.
He was famously overlooked for a captain’s pick by Colin Montgomerie in 2010 when he was world number seven.
Casey has spoken to 2018 Captain Thomas Bjorn and hopes to play a key role in the European side next year.
“Thomas has been a massive support and has certainly assisted in me making the decision with his confidence in me and his backing of my game,” he said.
“I feel like obviously the golf I’ve played the last few years, I can be a massive contribution on the course. I would love to play the role of a senior member on Thomas’ team.
“The number of events that we were required by both Tours at that time made it very difficult to play both well and I suffered. My game wasn’t there to do both successfully.”
The rules currently state that you need to play just 12 European Tour events to retain membership, and eight of those are majors and WGCs.
He would need to play an extra four tournaments, three of which could be ticked off in the lead-up to the Open with the French, Irish and Scottish Opens.
The French Open takes place at 2018 Ryder Cup host Le Golf National so you would expect him to play.
He could also play any of the Middle East swing, which comprises of the Abu Dhabi Championship, Qatar Masters and Dubai Desert Classic. He has won the Abu Dhabi Championship twice.
Another tournament you might expect him to play would be the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth which he won in 2009.
Overall, Casey has won 13 European Tour titles, with his last victory coming at the 2014 KLM Open.
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