LIV Golf star urges incoming Euro boss to use Ryder Cup as 'olive branch'

LIV Golf star Paul Casey has claimed the Ryder Cup should be used as a vehicle to unify the game of golf once more. 

Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup

Paul Casey is keen for the Ryder Cup to be utilised as a vehicle to reunite the game of golf and claimed it would take "balls and vision" to do so.

Having played in five editions of the Ryder Cup, Casey, 46, knows better than most how well the team event can bring people together. 

With the men's game currently as divided as it's ever been, Casey hopes that the Ryder Cup can be utilised as an "olive branch' in order to help unify the men's game.

With a merger between the LIV Golf League  and PGA Tour very much on the horizon, it does appear likely that golf will have a future where all of the best players are once again under one roof.

Only this week, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and six player advisors, including Tiger Woods, met with the Saudi Public Investment Fund governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan in the Bahamas to continue negotiations.

A number of players from both sides of the aisle, including Bryson DeChambeau, have been vocal about their desire for a united Tour.

However, Casey claimed not a lot is being done about it because players have "no incentives."

Paul Casey
Paul Casey

Speaking to the ‘Are You Not Entertained?’ podcast, Casey said:

“If you look at the membership, there’s an awful lot of guys just struggling, trying to keep their tour cards on various tours, guys who are just not interested in the politics and then guys at the top who make a difference, but they have to be motivated.
“Currently, there’s no motivation for that change.”

Casey went on to discuss how the Ryder Cup could be an ideal tool for bringing about that change. 

He added:

“We need somebody with balls and vision.
“Guy Kinnings is going to take over from Keith Pelley shortly, his previous role was basically director of the Ryder Cup, and he knows that event transcends golf.
“Hopefully that’s the one, the olive branch we can use to bring this all back together.
“It’s interesting that’s the one event where nobody gets paid, and we never even question it. There’s never been a question on our team of ‘what’s in it for me?’.
“We are there to try to win a Ryder Cup, and you’re proud to put the sweater on. We know that a home Ryder Cup in Europe pays for the following three years on the DP World Tour. We're fully aware of that. We know the economics. It’s quite scary, really, but it’s never been a question.”

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