Paul Casey hoping to represent Team GB at 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
Paul Casey is optimistic of securing himself a place in the Tokyo field and has set himself the challenge of representing Great Britain at the next year’s Olympic Games.
The returns to action at the Porsche European Open as world no 17 and out of the cut-off point to the Olympics, together with Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood both of him in the world rankings.
Only the top-15 players from the world rankings get to attribute with all the rest of the spots moving to the players.
“If I make best 15 and do not make the group, it’d probably be the most powerful world rank for British gamers ever,” Casey said. “For me, having represented England and Great Britain at amateur level and pro level, and Europe in Ryder Cups, it’s the one thing I’ve not really competed in.
“I’ve done a great deal of stuff in golf haven’t played an Olympics. Japan would be amazing. It is the one last thing. I am 42 and have a lot of years left but how many chances will I get to perform at an Olympic Games? I’ll be 43 next calendar year. It’s unlikely that I would make it.
“I have plenty of other goals. Among my biggest would be to create the Olympics so every event between also the chalk in June and now – if I don’t win – I know every place I go around the leaderboard is still a bit of world ranking points.
“it is a great goal to have, however, just how can I accomplish that? It is by winning Porsche or having a chance to win the Rush to Dubai and all the other events. I in if I had to win a few times between now and then. It’s good, because it keeps you focused.”
Casey’s appearance in Hamburg is the first European Tour beginning of the personalities and the World Golf Championship events of the season, out, together with the Englishman looking to finish the campaign.
“This is one of seven events I have left this season,” Casey added. “I took the time off so I have the power to compete this week plus in Wentworth, Italy, Dubai, Japan, China and Australia and anyplace else I’m going.
“I haven’t played yet on the European Tour this past season. The fact I’ve started here, reveals that I like this event a lot. I truly enjoyed this past year, so I was eager to come back.”
The Porsche European Open during the week live on Sky Sports. Coverage starts on Thursday by 10am on Sky Sports Golf.