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Casey gives up Euro Tour membership for 2015

HONOLULU – Paul Casey said there was a smile on his face, but that was owed to the pulsating warmth pouring down as he played a practice round in preparation of the Sony Open. But the heavy heart? That was owed to a decision that didn’t come without much inner turmoil – to give up his European Tour membership for 2014-15.

“It’s the first time I haven’t had membership since forever,” said Casey, a 13-time winner in Europe, most recently at last year’s KLM Open.

Told that it was a surprise not to see him at the Abu Dhabi Championship, where he won in 2007 and 2009, Casey forced a smile, an acknowledgement that spoke to the way he had to wrestle his emotions. But in the end, Casey said he needed to focus on his game, that slipping outside the top 50 (he’s presently 78th) makes playing both tours an even tougher challenge.

Having also become a father for the first time – Lex was born Sept. 1, 2014 – Casey wants a more stable base and less travel.

Playing just the U.S.-based PGA Tour will provide him that opportunity.

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