Friday 28 July 2017

Casey eyes sweet consolation

Mark Garrod

The possibility of winning £7.2m for four days' work is enough this week to take Paul Casey's mind off being left out of the Ryder Cup.

Victory in the Tour Championship in Atlanta would earn the Englishman £861,000 for the event itself and a near £6.4m bonus for being the FedEx Cup play-off winner.

"The money is outrageous -- every day I sort of have to smile at what we're playing for," said Casey.

"I love the fact that we're playing for it. We're never guaranteed it; we've got to go out there and win it, so I think we can sort of defend what we make for the golf we play."

The 33-year-old is one of only five players -- Americans Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Charley Hoffman and Steve Stricker are the others -- who are certain to hit the jackpot bonus by winning the tournament.

If he does it -- or if Justin Rose comes out on top -- then Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie is bound to come under more heat for picking Padraig Harrington, winless for two years.

Casey, who could move up to world No 5, just smiled when asked if he would get a thrill out of pocketing such a fortune so soon after his omission.

"I was disappointed that I didn't qualify myself. I was annoyed at myself," he said. "I can't be upset at anybody. I'm not upset at Colin for not picking me -- I have to blame myself.

"I am not dwelling on it. I will watch the TV and I will be wishing I was there, but winning a FedExCup doesn't necessarily fill that hole. I still have an interest in it and I will still be rooting on the Europeans."

Luke Donald is the only member of Montgomerie's line-up playing at East Lake and he still has a chance to be the overall winner.

Nine of Corey Pavin's side have made it this far -- the missing three being Stewart Cink, Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods, whose absence gives Phil Mickelson yet another opportunity to take over as world No 1.

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