CASEY: ‘I LET AN OPPORTUNITY GET AWAY’
Paul Casey has insisted that wanting to make the Ryder Cup was not behind his disappointing finish at The Barclays.
Paul Casey has insisted that making Europe’s Ryder Cup team was not the reason for his disappointing finish at The Barclays on Sunday.
It was very much at the back of hius mind, he said afterwards.
Casey ended in a tie for seventh place at New Jersey’s Ridgewood Country Club after a closing one-over-par 72 that left him at six under for the tournament – just two shots away from the three-way play-off won by Vjiay Singh.
Having started his final round only one stroke shy of the 54-hole lead, he felt he had missed a great chance to land his first PGA Tour title and also lock down one of captain Nick Faldo’s two wild card picks for next month’s Ryder Cup at Valhalla in Kentucky.
“These golf courses are so difficult, week in and week out,” Casey said. “It makes you a great golfer, and you’ve got great fields. So you just have to be very patient, and opportunities come along.
“I felt that it was an opportunity today, and I’m annoyed at myself that I let it slip.”
Casey has one more week to wait before Faldo makes his decision next Sunday at the end of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in Scotland.
Having decided to stay in the USA and play the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, he realistically has just two rounds left to impress the captain before he makes his choices from an increasingly crowded field which has been further complicated by Darren Clarke’s victory at the KLM Open in Holland.
“The Ryder Cup is at the back of my mind right now,” Casey said. “I was trying to go out and win a golf tournament today.
“You know, I’d love to be on that team. Darren has put the cats amongst the pigeons today by winning. That was a great win – went out there from the front, extended the lead. It was impressive stuff.
“We’ve got (Ian) Poulter as well, who is just outside. It’s going to be tough.”
The Barclays marked a continuation of the Englishman’s great current form, which started with a tie for seventh at The Open, a tie for eighth at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, tied 15th at the US PGA and a tie for 26th at last week’s Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.
Casey insisted he had been dealt some hard luck in New Jersey although he did rue one wayward shot.
“I didn’t really do anything wrong today. It’s such a tough golf course, and I’ve said that all week – that you don’t have to do much wrong to get into trouble,” he said.
“And I played a nice, conservative round of golf for nine holes, which was sort of the plan and maybe look at the leaderboard and see what I had to do.
“I’m annoyed at myself because the one error I made was the third shot into the par five. I had a lob-wedge in my hand and I just quit on it, didn’t hit it hard enough, tried to get cute with it.
“That was pretty much what killed it right there, because if I had knocked that one close and made birdie, I would have had a good chance of winning.”
Casey nevertheless finished with a flourish.
With Faldo watching events unfold from the CBS Television commentary tower overlooking the 18th green, he birdied the last thanks to a 22-foot putt.
Before he hit it, Faldo had said on-air: “If he makes this, he’s in the team.”
Once it found the hole, Faldo backtracked, saying: “Okay, I can’t quite make my mind up yet.”
Casey took that in good spirits.
“Oh, we’ve got that on tape,” he joked. “Lawyers would have a field day with that one.
“I have spoken to Nick. I won’t repeat what he said, but he hasn’t told me what he’s doing yet.
“He’s keeping his cards close to his chest, and I’ve just got to continue to focus on my game and play good golf.”
Team USA captain Steve Stricker tells fans not to ‘cross the line’ at Ryder Cup
Europe’s Rory McIlroy had to ask for a man to be removed for being abusive the last time the contest took place in America.
I’m always up for the Ryder Cup, says Sergio Garcia
The Spaniard is set to play in the event for a 10th time.
Padraig Harrington hopes the numbers add up and inspire Europe to an away win
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy believes retaining the trophy would be a “monumental achievement.”
‘It’s not comfortable’ being a pantomime villain, admits Bryson DeChambeau
The 2020 US Open champion has been involved in a long-running feud with Ryder Cup team-mate Brooks Koepka.
Steve Stricker has no worries over Brooks Koepka ahead of the Ryder Cup
In an interview last week the four-time major champion said he finds the biennial event “tough, hectic and a bit odd”.
Shane Lowry keen for battle since watching Padraig Harrington at 2006 Ryder Cup
Fifteen years on he will be part of the European team attempting to retain the trophy at Whistling Straits.
Matt Fitzpatrick relishing hostile atmosphere awaiting Team Europe at Ryder Cup
The Sheffield-born player was just 22 during the last away contest at Hazeltine in 2016.
Vice-captain Graeme McDowell still has hopes of playing in another Ryder Cup
The Northern Irishman will be part of Europe’s bid to retain the trophy at Whistling Straits later this month.
Fleetwood ready to become villain of the piece as Europe bid to retain Ryder Cup
With coronavirus travel restrictions preventing large numbers of fans travelling, Padraig Harrington’s side are braced for a one-sided atmosphere.