Casey (64) motivated by watching Ryder Cup


NAPA, Calif. – It’s been less than two weeks since Paul Casey wrapped up his 2015-16 PGA Tour season with a fourth-place finish at the Tour Championship.

During that abbreviated off-season Casey said he spent some time riding his beloved bicycle, drinking wine and, oh yeah, watching the Ryder Cup.

“It was awesome,” said Casey, who was tied for second place after an opening 64 at the Safeway Open. “It’s one of the best sporting events in the world. I wanted to be there but the best seat in the house has to be at home with the TV and glass of wine, doesn’t it?”

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Well, given Casey’s situation it was his best option this year.

The Englishman declined to take up European Tour membership last season, citing a desire to focus on the PGA Tour and spend more time with his family in Phoenix. As a result, Casey wasn’t eligible to play for the European team despite his status as the world’s 12th-ranked player. Casey said he’s still unsure of his future on the European Tour, but his passion for the matches remains high.

“I watched a lot of the Ryder Cup, I got motivated,” he said.