Paul Casey is hopeful of securing himself a place in the Tokyo field and has set himself the challenge of representing Great Britain at the Olympic Games of the next year.
The returns to action outside the cut-off point to the Olympics and in the Porsche European Open as world No 17, together with Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose both of him in the world rankings.
Only the top-15 players in the world ranks get to feature together with all the spots moving from nations that don’t have two golfers qualified into the players.
“Should I make top 15 and do not make the team, it would most likely be the strongest world ranking for British players ever,” Casey said. “For me, having represented England and Great Britain at amateur level and specialist level, and Europe in Ryder Cups, it’s the only thing I have not actually listened in.
“I have done a lot of things in golf haven’t played with an Olympics. Japan would be amazing. It is the one last thing. I am 42 and have a lot of years ago yet, but just how many chances will I get to play in an Olympic Games? I’ll be 43 next year. It’s unlikely that I would make it like a 47-year-old.
“I have lots of different goals. Among my biggest would be to make the Olympics so every occasion between the cut-off in June – even if I do not win this week – I understand is a little bit of world ranking factors.
“It’s a good goal to have, however, how can I accomplish that? It is by winning Porsche or having a chance to win the Rush to Dubai and most of the occasions. I in if I had to win three or two times between now and then. It’s good, since it keeps you focused.”
The look in Hamburg of casey is the first European Tour start of this season, outside of the majors and the World Golf Championship events, with the Englishman trying to finish the campaign strongly.
“This is one of seven occasions I’ve left this season,” Casey added. “I took time off so I have the capability to compete this week and at Wentworth, Italy, Dubai, Japan, China and Australia and anyplace else I’m moving.
“I haven’t played any yet on the European Tour this season. The fact I’ve begun here, reveals that I like this event a lot. I really enjoyed this past year, so that I had been keen to come back.”
The Porsche European Open during the week live on Sky Sports. Coverage starts by 10am on Sky Sports Golf on Thursday.

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