Paul Casey won't re-join European Tour - ending Ryder Cup return hopes

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Paul Casey says he is ready to rule himself out of playing in the 2016 Ryder Cup.

The Englishman is ineligible to play for Darren Clarke's team that will head to Hazeltine Golf Club in Minneapolis next September because he is not a member of the European Tour, but he was expected to return after a promising season on the PGA Tour that has seen him back into the world's top 30.

And although Casey is due to meet new European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley in London next week, he said it was "totally fair" to assume he won't be re-joining.

"I will be brutally honest with you," Casey said, "I love the European Tour and I'd like to be part of a better tour, but I want to see change. I'm really not sure I'm going to re-join."

It would mean the 38-year-old will effectively eliminate his chances of playing in his fourth Ryder Cup -- and his first since 2008.

He added: "I think I could make a massive contribution to the European team but I didn't get picked [by Colin Montgomerie] in 2010 when I was in the world's top 10, so who's to say I'd make it even if I did rejoin?"

Casey's form dipped as he juggled traveling around the world on two tours while going through a divorce from his first wife. But now happily remarried and back among the world's elite, Casey isn't keen on disrupting the status quo - although he admits he would if the European Tour dropped the number of required events for membership.

"I've been able to work much harder on my game because I've cut down on the travelling and I've got the rewards," Casey said. "I give myself a pat on the back for that.

"Do I want to change all that next season? I'd do it tomorrow if they dropped the quota of 13 events to 11 but is that going to happen?"