They cut him adrift and he isn't the biggest character in golf but Paul Casey is now the root cause of a major shift in thinking from deep within the European Tour.

The reason?

Casey's quiet progression back to his best on the PGA Tour, coupled with his frustration via text and snapchat to his friends Rors and co at being left out/ ineligible/ unpickable for Europe in this years Ryder Cup.

The European Tour has long held the "you must come play in Europe to get into the Ryder Cup Team" as the proverbial stick to beat players with, but with talisman Rory and half the team now living in the same street in Florida, it's looking like an antiquated philosophy.

Proper journalist James Corrigan reports what European Tour boss Keith Pelley has said, now that player pressure has just gotten so great it cannot be ignored.

“Our job as the gatekeepers of the Tour is to provide bigger purses, greater experiences and greater courses so that the players want to play here – and play here more than they need to just to stay a member – and so be a Ryder Cup player,” he said.

“The Ryder Cup is a critical component of our Tour and it is a sensational event. But it shouldn’t be the only reason why someone wants to be on our Tour. That’s our job at hand right now.

“We are having discussions regarding the qualification system. We will have them with our players, with our tournament committee and our board over the coming weeks and months. We will adjust the Ryder Cup qualification if we feel that we need to. We won’t be afraid to make the changes.”

Watch this space.

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