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Rejected Casey once again showing great form

Brits lead the way at Tour Championship

Posted Sep 24, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Paul Casey

I fear Colin Montgomerie may have made a massive cock up by omitting the in-form and supremely talented Paul Casey from his Ryder Cup team.
Casey is currently sharing top spot of the Tour Championship in America with Luke Donald and Geoff Ogilvy after an impressive opening four under.
It is this kind of form which the Europeans may regret not having coming next week’s showdown at Celtic Manor in Wales.
The Ryder Cup is one of the most prestigious events on the golfing calendar and the best players deserve to be there. Why Casey isn’t is a shambles? Padraig Harrington effectively took his place and is completely out of sorts. And it could be this decision by Montgomerie that could lead to our downfall.
Casey, standing fifth in the FedEx Cup – this is the last event of that series – could take top spot from Matt Kuchar who is way back on two over. If the Englishman does manage to overhaul the American then he will be in for a bumper payday!
Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson has another chance to overtake Tiger Woods, who didn’t qualify for this event, as the World Number One. The left handed star needs a top two finish to overhaul his fellow American.
I think it’s incredible that Woods is still holding that ranking spot after such a torrid time in the last year or so. It goes to show that he was so far ahead of everyone else before his personal problems were aired in public.
It begs the question, who is the best in the world right now? According to ranking points it’s obviously still Woods but in my humble opinion, I believe it’s Casey. He has been a model of consistency in recent weeks and has been playing some cracking golf.
Only time will tell if he is missed by the Europeans at the Ryder Cup.
The second round of this competition takes place today (Friday) with the conclusion over the weekend.
Over in Europe, Johan Edfors lit up the Vivendi Cup in Paris with a scintillating 61 that included 10 birdies and an eagle. This equaled the lowest round on the European Tour this season.
Harrington was also showing glimpses of form with a four under opening. But it still concerning that he is going into a competition where he has never won with little to no form at all.
Anyway, we must support the guys chosen by Montgomerie and back them all the way. The clock is ticking to this magical event. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock….

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