Paul Casey may be intentionally ruling himself out of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
Casey, who made a comeback this season with eight top-10s including a T5 finish at the Tour Championship, is ineligible to play on Darren Clarke’s 2016 European Team because he is not currently a member of the European Tour. According to reports, Casey is set to meet with new European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley in London next week.
A big sticking point for Casey is dropping the minimum events required for membership to drop from 13 to 11.
“I love the European Tour and I’d like to be part of a better tour, but I want to see change,” Casey said. “I’m really not sure I’m going to re-join.”
Casey credited his return to the top-30 in the world rankings to playing strictly on the PGA Tour, and not on two tours at once. He finished 13th in the FedEx Cup standings and is now the 23rd ranked golfer in the world.
“I’ve been able to work much harder on my game because I’ve cut down on the traveling and I’ve got the rewards,” Casey said. “I give myself a pat on the back for that.”
The 2016 Ryder Cup would be his fourth, but his first since 2008. He was not one of Colin Montgomerie’s 2010 captain’s picks, despite being in the top-10 at the time.