Paul Casey insists that Russell Knox deserves Ryder Cup nod

Paul Casey

Paul Casey insists that Russell Knox deserves Ryder Cup nod

Professional

Paul Casey insists that Russell Knox deserves Ryder Cup nod

FARMINGDALE, N.Y — Regarding the matter to which he had control of, Paul Casey is adamant. There are no regrets for dropping his European Tour membership which precludes him from Ryder Cup consideration.

Regarding the matter to which he doesn’t have any say, he is equally adamant. Casey said Russell Knox should get the first nod to be one of Darren Clarke’s captain’s picks.

“Let’s face it, he would have been qualified had he been a member when he won the HSBC (Champions in China),” said Casey.

And to suggestions that adding Knox, who has never played in the Ryder Cup, to a European side that already had five rookies earn automatic berths, Casey brushed it aside.

“I don’t see Russell as a rookie,” Casey said of the 31-year-old Scotsman who has had a breakout season. “He’s been out here long enough and besides, rookies aren’t scared anymore. Rookies aren’t what they used to be.”

When he took himself out of the Ryder Cup picture by forgoing his European Tour membership, Casey, 39, caught some flak in the press. But he lives permanently in the United States, plays the PGA Tour and said his priority was to spend as much time as possible with wife Pollyanna and their son, Lex. It’s worked out well, Casey said, “but even (without playing the European Tour) it’s still not enough time with them.”

Casey played on three Ryder Cup teams — wins in 2004 and 2006, a loss in 2008 — and proved a formidable entry. He was 2-1-3 in team matches, 1-1-1 in singles, and clearly he loved it. But when this year’s competition is played out in Minneapolis, Casey said he’ll be cycling through France with his caddie, John McLaren.

Latest

More Golfweek
Home