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Wednesday 25 May 2016

Biting back: Wealthy golfer Paul Casey's 'problems'

By Frank Brownlow

Published 22/08/2014

England's Paul Casey
England's Paul Casey

Rory McIlroy's double major triumph has lit up the sporting summer.

But sometimes moaning wealthy golfers could give whinging Premier League footballers a run for their money.

Golfer Paul Casey has been having a bit of a whine.

He's in danger of losing his European Tour card next season. That's an issue faced by struggling professional golfers every season, one that puts their very livelihood at risk.

Except that Casey is no struggling professional.

Casey's 'problem' stems from the fact that he has been so busy making money in America – £700,000 this season alone – he hasn't had time to play enough tournaments (13 minimum) in Europe so far to keep his card.

Casey is ranked 85 in the world – the top 50 are the elite band that are welcomed worldwide.

Casey's 'problem' is that he is very good – but not world class like our own McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

On keeping his pro cards on both sides of the Atlantic, Casey moaned: "If you're in the world's top 50 it's easy.

"If you're outside the world's top 50, you're looking at 28 events before October, which is a ton of golf.

"It's a very difficult position to be in," said the three-time Ryder Cup player.

"I have been average on both Tours, which is the problem. I have just been tired and fatigued. I'll have a card in the US next year so I'm not stressed about that.

"I have to get back to Europe (this season) because I have only played nine events.

"My schedule is just so wishy-washy. It's a whole bag of worms."

Your heart just bleeds...

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