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Casey would be great addition - Bjorn

2017-10-09 17:36:00, Views: 10, ClubCall

Casey would be great addition - Bjorn

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn says he would be a fool not to want Paul Casey on his team for next year's event.

Although not winning a tournament since the 2014 KLM Open, Casey has been one of the most consistent performers on the PGA Tour, amassing 25 top-10 finishes in three years, including four runner-up finishes and ending up third on three occasions.

The Englishman is currently ranked 14th in the world, with the only European players ahead of him in the standings being Jon Rahm (5th), Rory McIlroy (6th), Henrik Stenson (8th), Sergio Garcia (11th) and Justin Rose (13th).

Casey's last Ryder Cup appearance came back in 2008 and his absence has been down to the decision to play exclusively on the PGA Tour.

With changes to the qualifying process meaning the team will now comprise the first four players from the European Points List, followed by the leading four players from the World Points List and completed by four wild cards, the Englishman's chances of playing at le Golf National next year have been boosted - if he opts to re-join the European Tour.

Bjorn, who was handed the captaincy after Darren Clarke failed to inspire victory at Hazeltine last year, is hoping he will be able to call upon the services of Casey if needed.

"As a player, absolutely he's among the 12 best Europeans at the moment, there's no doubt about that," he told Sky Sports News. "He's played some fantastic golf this year, especially in the FedEx Cup where he played extremely well and got very close.

"A player like that, you'd be a fool if you didn't want him in your team when he's playing the way he is at the moment."



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