Paul Casey has set himself the challenge of representing Great Britain at the Olympic Games of next year and is optimistic of securing himself a place at the Tokyo field.
Even the 42-year-old returns to action outside of the cut-off point for the Olympics and in the Porsche European Open as world no 17, together with Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood both of him in the world rankings.
Only the top-15 players from the world rankings get to attribute in Japan, with the spots going to the highest-ranked players from countries which do not have two golfers qualified.
“Should I create top 15 and do not make the team, it’d 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 degree, and Europe in Ryder Cups, it’s the one thing I’ve not actually listened in.
“I have done a great deal of things in golf but haven’t played an Olympics. Japan are amazing. It is the one last thing. Just how many opportunities will I get to perform in an Olympic Games, although I’m 42 and have a lot of years ago yet? I’ll be 43 next year. It is unlikely that I’d make it like a 47-year-old.
“I’ve a number of different objectives. One of my biggest is to create the Olympics so each occasion between the cut-off in June – if I don’t win I know is still a little bit of world ranking points.
“It’s a great goal to have, however, how do I accomplish that? It is by with an opportunity to win the Race to Dubai and most of those events or winning Porsche. I’m probably in if I had to win three or two times between now and then. It is good, because it keeps you focused.”
Casey’s look in Hamburg is his first European Tour start the World Golf Championship events and their personalities of this season, outside, with the Englishman trying to finish the effort.
“This is only one of seven occasions I have left this season,” Casey added. “I took the time so I have the ability to compete this week and in Wentworth, Italy, Dubai, Japan, China and Australia and anyplace else I am going.
“I have not played any yet on the European Tour this past season. The fact I’ve started here, reveals that I enjoy this event a lot. I really enjoyed last year, so I had been eager to return.”
View the Porsche European Open throughout the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins on Thursday.

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