Casey spoke to The Golf Channel on 'Golf Talk' and offered his side of the story.
Its been very difficult. Ive been, to be honest with you, depressed by it, saddened by it, he said.
Casey, a member of this years victorious Ryder Cup team, was quoted in the Daily Mirror, a British tabloid, as saying he hated Americans. He was very critical of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, saying, We properly hate them. We wanted to beat them as badly as possible. The headline read: Americans are Stupid. I hate them.
In that piece, to be honest, a lot of that stuff was said 'off-the-cuff remarks, unfortunately, he said. The bit that really saddens me was the headline in the Daily Mirror. Stupid was never said. I never used stupid once. I came to the U.S. for an education ' its something that really angers me, it really does. Americans are not stupid, theres some very, very bright people in this country. Thats why Im here, to forward my golf career and forward Paul Casey as a person.
Casey, a 28-year-old Englishman, is an Arizona State graduate. He has an American girlfriend, an American instructor and resides in Scottsdale, Ariz.
He said that, in terms of hating Americans, the word was used out of context.
I was discussing trying to motivate myself for the Ryder Cup. I think anybody, if you look at a true competitor; they probably said that line at one time or another ' that they hate the opposition.
Thats how I motivate myself when Im playing. Im a passionate, competitive person. And thats how it was said. Of the 14 guys, the U.S. team at the Ryder Cup this year, I get along with all of them. I dont have any issues with any of them, really.
Im sure a lot of Americans have said, you know, silly things about the U.K. ' you know, the food is terrible, the weather sucks. And thats really the sort of ' it was just general bar chit-chat.
Despite the controversy, Casey teamed with countryman Luke Donald to win the WGC-World Cup that week in Spain.
That was more of a relief than anything else. I felt a lot of pressure, he said.
It really shows what you can do when you put your mind to it. There was, I think, trying to channel any sort of anger or any sort of annoyance or depression away and focus on the job at hand. The anger I had was towards the Daily Mirror, but Im not somebody who holds grudges.
Casey and Acushnet, his Titleist club sponsor, decided to part ways soon after the controversy exploded. Casey said it was a mutual decision.
Casey, who has won three times on the European Tour, plans on playing more in the U.S. in 2005. His first start will be at the Sony Open in Hawaii. And he expects it may take a while before fans warm up to him.
I feel that people have really been given an opinion of me through one article, which really saddens me, he said. There will be some guys who stand up there and want to heckle me. I dont blame them ' I cant be angry at them.
I want to let the clubs do the talking as much as possible from now on. I feel that I sort of almost want to hide away and just sort of not talk to anybody from this point on. Thats not something Im going to do. Im going to be myself and try and rise above this and show people that I can play fantastic golf and whatever was said is not Paul Casey.