Paul Casey made himself eligible for selection again to the European Ryder Cup team by rejoining the European Tour.
Casey, who lives in Arizona, missed the USA’s win at Hazeltine in 2016, unable to rejoin the European Tour because of family commitments.
Casey, the world No.15 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.
Casey told The Guardian: “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.”
Casey is set to rejoin the European Tour at the start of the 2017-18 season and will appear at the Abu Dhabi Championship – an event he has won twice – in January.