Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Paul Casey close to tears after missing out on Ryder Cup

Paul Casey looked close to tears last night after being told he had not made the Ryder Cup team.

Casey kept his composure in interviews after playing the final round of the FedEx Cup play-off event with Padraig Harrington - chosen by European captain Colin Montgomerie along with Luke Donald and Edoardo Molinari.

But as he began signing autographs it appeared the emotion of missing out like Justin Rose was building up.

The world number nine guessed he was out of the team when Harrington's wife Caroline said nothing after giving her husband's caddie the thumbs-up on the course.

"I've not really officially heard and I haven't looked yet to see if I have a text or voice message, but I saw Caroline gave Ronan (Flood) the thumbs up on the seventh hole and then it went fairly quiet," said Casey.

"I figured that was it. Caroline's a great friend - she would have said something to me if I had been picked, so at that point I kind of knew that I hadn't.

"Surprise? I just got off the golf course. I was trying to keep my composure and put in a solid performance today.

"I probably need time to take it in. Simple fact is I'm not on the team.

"I think Europe have got an unbelievable team. I wish them the best for the match, simple as that.

"I'm not going to stand here and sort of plead a case for why I should be on the team. It's done and dusted. I tried my hardest and I didn't make it.

"I wasn't picked. I didn't qualify automatically. I wish I had. Coming off last year being injured, you're not making any points - really last year hurt my ability to qualify automatically for the team.

"My best wishes go to the team and I'll be supporting them in the match and I want them to win."

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