Ryder Cup DramaDecember 2, 2015

Is Paul Casey not rejoining the European Tour because of a Ryder Cup snub by Colin Montgomerie five years ago?

Two weeks ago, Paul Casey decided not to rejoin the European Tour for the upcoming season, making him ineligible for the 2016 Ryder Cup . Casey said he decided to concentrate on the PGA Tour and that "this decision will help me to be the best I can be both on and off the course and is the right decision for my family."

But is there more to the story? Justin Rose, for one, thinks so.

An ESPN UK story says Rose felt Casey not being chosen as a captain's pick for the 2010 Ryder Cup left him "with a bit of a scar."

"When you put so much into the Ryder Cup and feel like you should be on the team and you get let down like that, maybe that's harbouring some of his decision-making to this day," Rose said.

At the time, Casey was No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and he was reportedly "in tears" at being snubbed by captain Colin Montgomerie 2010. On Wednesday, The Scotsman published Monty's thoughts on whether he's the reason for Casey's recent decision.

"I hope not," Montgomerie said. "You are talking nearly six years ago -- that's half a career, for goodness sake."

Monty also wasn't too pleased with Casey's choice.

"When Paul Casey plays his best, he is as good as anyone, so I'm disappointed about his decision to effectively turn his back on the Ryder Cup," he said. "That's a real shame for Europe. But, at the same time, we are all individuals and entitled to make individual decisions."


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