Jeju - England's Paul Casey on Friday said he would not rush into a decision on whether to make himself available for the European Ryder Cup team in Paris next year.
But he admitted a change of
eligibility rules to reduce the number of events he needed to play could tempt
him to re-join.
World No 14 Casey is not a
member of the European Tour but said he could afford to wait until next year to
re-join and still be eligible for the Ryder Cup in September 2018.
Earlier this week captain
Thomas Bjorn declared Casey would be "a fantastic asset" for the
European team against the United States.
Casey told AFP in an exclusive interview at the CJ Cup in Jeju Island after he
shot a second-round 71 Friday for a share of 30th place.
"I need to be a member
by next year - I think the cut off is May," said Casey, who added that he
probably wouldn't leave it that late because he would lose too many Ryder Cup
"I've got to look at
things. I haven't spent too much time doing it because I can't join anyway
right now until their season is done."
The European Tour season
finishes with the DP world Tour Championship in Dubai next month and the 2018
season begins at the Hong Kong Open on November 23.
The new rules being
introduced by European Tour CEO Keith Pelley mean he would only have to play
four events outside the four majors and four WGC events - down from the current
"Pelley is changing it
down to four next year and that's a decent change," said Casey who
confirmed he was in constant discussions with European captain Bjorn.
"You know Thomas has
been working me very hard. He's a hard man to say no to. He's very big,"
said Casey with a smile.
"Seriously, I've got a
good relationship with Thomas and I've got a good relationship with Pelley as
"I've got to sit down
and think about it. To be honest it's been so busy with FedEx Cup and Tour
Casey, who is now 40, decided
to play solely on the US PGA Tour three years ago, primarily to cut down on
travelling for family reasons when his wife Pollyanna Woodward was expecting
their first child, Lex.
They live in Arizona and
Pollyanna last month gave birth to their second child, daughter Astaria, while
Casey was away embroiled in trying to win the FedEx Cup.
Bjorn acknowledged the
dilemma for Casey. "He wants to be a part of it, but he really has for a
while tried to prioritise his family and any man has to respect that some
people make those priorities," said Bjorn in Paris on Monday.
"But having him in the
Ryder Cup team would be a fantastic asset if he plays the way he is at the
Former world number three
Casey won five points in three Ryder Cups from 2004-2008 including a
match-winning hole-in-one at the 14th hole at Ireland's K Club in 2006.
He was controversially
overlooked for a wild card by Colin Montgomerie in 2010 when ranked in the
world's top 10 and hasn't played in the biennial event since.