Bjorn: "Only a fool would not want Paul Casey in your team"

Thomas Bjorn in "open dialogue" with Paul Casey ahead of Ryder Cup. 

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Thomas Bjorn admits only a fool would not want Paul Casey in the European Ryder Cup team on current form.

Speaking exclusively to GolfMagic during the Thomas Bjorn Trophy at The Shire London today, the 2018 European Ryder Cup captain made it abundantly clear he wants the Englishman in his ranks for the biennial clash against the Americans at Le Golf National come September 2018.

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Casey, the sixth highest European in the world at the moment at 14, has played in the Ryder Cup three times with his last outing dating back to when the Europeans lost 16.5-11.5 at Valhalla in 2008. 

Since then, Casey has moved his family to America and relinquished his European Tour card in favour of the PGA Tour.

Despite winning just once (2009 Houston Open) on the PGA Tour, it is Casey's current form that has Bjorn's tail wagging with four top-five finishes in his last five starts.

"Paul is absolutely among the 12 best Europeans at the moment," Bjorn told us. 

"You'd be a fool if you didn't want him in your team when he's playing the way he is at the moment.

"I can assure you I'm in very open dialogue with Paul at the moment. He's made a life choice with his family and is living in America, and I am very supportive of that.

"We have open dialogue about if there's room for him to play the golf that he needs to in Europe to be apart of the European Ryder Cup team. Now it's all down to Paul, and he knows that.
 

Bjorn spoke to GolfMagic Editor Andy Roberts at The Shire London 

"We are continuously in contact. I answer his questions and we have good chats. He will make a decision in time as to how he sees his life.

"One thing I really want to stress is that this is not a question of Paul not wanting to be apart of the European Ryder Cup team and not wanting to be a member of the European Tour. This is a question of where his life and family is, with two young children.

"I am the first to have 100% respect and understanding of this. I am not putting any pressure on him. He has to make the choices that fit best with his life, as does everyone else."