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Casey coach predicts Ryder points dismantling

Posted on: August 30, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2010 5:46 pm

On the morning after one of the most shocking, sobering and painful days of his professional career, Paul Casey played golf with friends.

The morning after that, he is scheduled to tee it up yet again, this time at fabled Pine Valley with a group including a player who actually made the Ryder Cup roster.

Unlike Casey himself.

Shell-shocked or not, the world's ninth-ranked player tried to move forward Monday after he was skipped over for a spot on the European Ryder Cup team by captain Colin Montgomerie.

Which isn’t to say it was easy.

"Obviously, he's extremely disappointed," said Peter Kostis, Casey's swing coach, who played alongside his pupil in a friendly round Monday at a course in New Jersey. "He wanted to play very badly. But it is what it is, and it's out of his control."

It is what it isn’t, too, a phrase that described the whole confusing Sunday scenario, which resulted in Casey and world No. 22 Justin Rose being bypassed for one of three available captain's picks doled out by Monty after the European Tour event concluded in Scotland night.

Casey took the news hard and was struggling to maintain his composure when offered condolences were offered by a parade of onlookers who felt he had been, as they might say in that particular area of New Jersey, royally hosed. Casey at one point was unable even to croak out a response and kept his dark sunglasses in place to mask his watery eyes.

Kostis, also an analyst for CBS Sports, came out counterpunching Monday and defended Casey against those who felt he should have played more often in Europe to help secure an automatic spot based on merit. Casey, who played in the final group at the British Open six weeks ago, was bounced out of the top nine eight days ago.

"When they say he didn’t play enough or isn’t committed enough, look at the numbers," Kostis said.

Fair enough. Of the two PGA Tour members who were picked ahead of him Sunday, Padraig Harrington, who hasn’t won a tournament in two years and hasn’t won a match in the past two Ryder Cups, played in two European Tour events in 2010. Luke Donald, ranked No. 10 in the world last week, one slot below Casey, played in four European events this year. Casey has played in five.

Kostis said Casey was seriously taken aback by overseas reports characterizing him as a less-than-cohesive figure in the Ryder team room, but in other media quarters, his snub by Monty was fiercely criticized.

"Trust me, he has been heartened by the outpouring of commentary along the lines of, 'I can’t believe what happened,'" Kostis said.

Adding more salt to the wound -- Casey personally attended Monty's wedding two years ago and they share the same agent.

Considering that players who already secured positions on the European team were critical of a selection system that could leave out Casey and Rose, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year, Kostis predicted that an overhaul will be forthcoming. Casey, a member of both tours, is on the European committee that overseas the Ryder system, ironically.

"In my opinion, the real bad thing here is the system," Kostis said. "It sucks when you can’t manage to get a player with two big PGA Tour wins or a guy ranked No. 9 in the world on the team. Their system is even more convoluted than FedEx Cup points.

"The net result of this whole debacle is that their points system is going to change."

The timing of the announcement could stand a good enema, too. The Barclays results were largely irrelevant because Monty had to announce his picks when the final round in the States was still being played. In the U.S. process, the wildcards picks are announced a day after the final qualifying tournament in the evaluation period has ended.

"I think the way he found out was even more devastating than the news itself, and that's something else that needs to be rectified," Kostis said.

In a particularly brusque slap, Casey learned he hadn’t been picked when Harrington's wife, Caroline, gave her husband a cheery thumb's up as the two pairings partners played the sixth hole Sunday. When Casey didn’t receive a similar gesture from her, he knew he was toast.

Casey and Kostis are set to play Pine Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday with a handful of fellow members from the Whisper Rock Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., including PGA Championship winner and Ryder member Martin Kaymer. Kostis said Casey was bruised but moving forward.

"He is doing as well as can be expected, and I am going to use Dustin Johnson as an example," Kostis said of the player who lost a shot at the PGA title because of a last-hole rules infraction. "He has made a giant step toward putting it behind him, or at least as much as he can in one day.

"He's going to try to continue toward that end like Dustin had to after what happened at the PGA."

Good luck there. The difference is, Johnson was zapped in a cut-and-dried, black-and-white, depersonalized ruling. It'll be impossible for Casey not to take his subjective snubbing far more personally.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 12:15 pm

Casey coach predicts Ryder points dismantling

There is more to this then meets the eye. Casey must be a jerk in the locker room or some kind of a distraction of some kind that is not know to the general public. Maybe the two just don't get along and Colon just did it for spite because he could. Sounds a little fishy to me. But this needs to be a lesson for Casey either way. He knows the system and he should play by it. Never a good idea to leave it in the judges hands as they say in boxing. That is just what Casey did.   

Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 12:49 pm

Casey coach predicts Ryder points dismantling

Chemistry for golf?  You've got to be kidding.  Golf is one of if not the most individual games you can ever have.  There're no team plays except for Ryder Cup, which in reality is just a tournament made up of one-on-one matches.  Do you really want a bunch of close friends playing together who might be emotionally crushed when one of his buddies lose a close match?  You want them to be focused on their own games and their own games only.  Now tell me how Monty picked the team that gave him the best chance to win?  Did he know everyone well enough that he knoew they'd have the best chemistry as a team?  If one guy loses a match the others will gather around and give him a big hug so he won't feel too sorry for himslef?  One thing I do agree with you is with the current system the captain can pick anyone he wants, even if it means that person might not give the team the best chance to win.  By the way, Tiger is on his way back to excellence and he'll be hugely motivated to win one for the U.S.  Good pick Pavin.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:07 am

Still Aren't Gettin It

Nothing is backwards here, and I'm not disregarding any of your points. However, you guys still aren't getting it. There is NO entitlement for any player who doesn't automatically qualify. If you don't qualify, you are NOT entitled to a spot on the team because of some esoteric ranking. You are at the mercy of the captain....period. It's Monty's team. He can pick who he wants. If indeed it is political, then perhaps Casey should examine his own choices. If he really wanted to be part of the European team, then perhaps he should have acted like it throughout the year. Someone asked why pick Harrington since his recent record is so bad? I can counter with "why pick Woods" for exactly the same reasons? Nobody has a worse Ryder Cup record than Woods, and that includes the time when he was playing well. Casey is not exactly a favorite with his "teammates". Do you see any of them wailing in the press about Casey's snub? Where is the protest? Where are the calls for justice? Sorry, guys but just maybe Monty knows exactly what he's doing. Nobody wants Casey. One bad apple will kill the entire barrel. Then again, maybe it IS all political. If so, are you actually suggesting that Tiger Woods inclusion on the team is not also political? The knife does cut both ways. And because it does cut both ways, Pavin is entitled to pick whomever he wants too. If he wants to select an undeserving Woods, it's his call. If he thinks Woods gives him a better chance to win, then he should pick him. The point is that both captain's should make their choices based purely on what gives them the best chance for winning, and not public pressure, television ratings, or anything else. Finally, you should never discount the chemistry and "likeability" factor in these things. It is HUGE. Guess, the point I'm trying to make is that a team can be made stronger by passing over a better player with a crap attitude, and replacing them with a guy whom the rest of the team really likes. Chemistry is that important.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:31 pm

Casey coach predicts Ryder points dismantling

I don't know about the points system being overhauled.  I mean part of the drama is these Captains picks.   They will be the most talked about element of the cup save the actual pairings.

Now how you leave Paul Casey off, Tough calland Monty made it.   Hisroster of autobids had 5 or 6 1st time RC dudes on it.  Therefore he was drvien towards evening out experience and thismassive number of newbies.   I expected himto take Harrington for this purpose only.  I wasn't seized by Rose although he was equl tot eh others except he would be yet anotehr newbie I think, so not a good call.

Casey has played before and does holda #9 world ranking.  In many ways this is as important as the RC points accumulation.  I don't know the answer to this but, if he was in the next 3 folks based on the RC points lisitng for Europe, I can't imagine him not being selected. 

But Monty gets to pick.  I am mostly confused by the way this was done.  Why would the announcement be made by a Capt 5000 miles away, WHILE all these guys are playinga tourney.   Thats stupid. Add to that, Why the heck wouldn't Monty have called each one of the guys to explain a bit more.     
I have always had questions about Montys heart and character.   My early indications are that Europe will get trounced in the RC.  But its a lot of golf.  

Nowmaybe Casey is generally unliked by the rest ofthe guys,I don'tknow.   But there has been nothing to date to highlight that at all.  

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:25 pm

Casey coach predicts Ryder points dismantling

A pair of what though?

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:05 pm

Casey coach predicts Ryder points dismantling

Hey,  Maux: You really have it backward here.  This was all about Monty punishing Casey for not playing more in Europe, and specfically skipping the JW for the Barclay.  Has nothing to do with golf, or winning.  This is petty politics at it's worst.

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2010 7:38 pm

Casey coach predicts Ryder points dismantling


if it's about assembling the best possible team and WINNING is the #1 priority -- why is Padraig Harrington one of the choices?  He hasn't won a tourney in 2 years and hasn't won a ryder cup match in the last two?!?!?!

Seems to me -- Montgomery is playing favorites instead of fielding the best possible team.  Paul Casey was in the final pairing at the British about a month ago.  He is ranked 9th in the world.  Justin Rose has won twice on the PGA tour this year.  I think it's humorous to hear Monty has a pair when he snubs deserving players. 

I hope the USA wins and can't wait to hear what everyone has to say about Monty then.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 7:11 pm

Good For Monty

Good for Monty. It's nice to see that at least one of the Ryder Cup captain's has a pair. Monty gets it. It's NOT about picking players based on a convoluted world ranking system that means nothing at the moment. It's not about picking players who are the most popular with the fans. It's about WINNING. When it's all said and done, if Europe loses the cup, ALL of the blame will be put on Colin Montgomerie, not Paul Casey. Monty is assembling the best team in his opinion, that gives him the best chance of winning. He is not trying to win friends or influence people. Month gets it. He know that team chemistry is just as important or even more important than stupid rankings. Casey is not a favorite among the other Euro players. Monty obviously feels that Casey isn't a good "fit" for the team he's assembled. Oh if only the American captain had the same cajones. But alas, he doesn't, and he will not do the right thing, and will cave to public pressure, even at the detriment of the team. The U.S. will lose.

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 7:02 pm

Casey coach predicts Ryder points dismantling

It is cut-and-dried, black-and-white......make the team on points and you have nothing to worry about.

He knew the point system and if he was part of the committee that determines it, he has no beef.

The captain's picks are there for this very pick guys they want on their team...not guys there soley on points.

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