DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Paul Casey has remained silent for three months since missing out on a place on Europe’s triumphant Ryder Cup team. But he finally aired his frustration and disappointment during the Dubai World Championship.
He said Colin Montgomerie still hasn’t spoken to him to explain why he was snubbed despite being one of the top 10 players in the world. Casey stood behind the 18th green on Friday night, and he looked and sounded hurt and angry as he explained that he expected Monty to clear the air at a pro-am dinner during the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai three weeks ago.
"I saw him there, but then he was gone," said Casey. "He knew where to find me." The perceived stand-off is all the more bizarre considering Casey was a guest at Monty’s wedding and the Scot expressed that it felt "horribly awful" not to pick his "friend" for the Ryder Cup.
The word in the locker room has been that Casey was left out because there was a perception that he is unpopular among his peers and poor at foursomes. Casey rebuked both accusations. "I've only lost two foursomes matches, and one of those was against Tiger,” he said. "Otherwise my record with David Howell and Luke Donald is 100 per cent. So me not being very good at foursomes is nonsense."
Casey was quick to point out that he has been swapping Twitter banter in Dubai with Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood. So it seems he’s getting on just fine with his Race to Dubai rivals. “If you are talking about popularity in general, that shouldn't count anyway, as it should be all about how many points you put on the board," Casey said.
Despite his disappointment with Monty’s continuing silence, he admitted that he only had himself to blame for missing out on the Ryder Cup. “I just didn’t earn enough points,” he said. “But what did hurt was the way I found out.”
Casey was in the middle of a round with Padraig Harrington at The Barclays tournament in New Jersey when the news filtered through from Gleneagles in Scotland. The Irishman had been picked; the Englishman snubbed. "I felt like shaking Paddy's hand and walking in, to be honest,” Casey said. “That’s got to change. The announcement has to be put back. It's simply unfair. I've always liked to fight back and prove someone wrong," he said.
If Monty looks at the leaderboard in Dubai, he will see Casey just four shots off the lead held by Ian Poulter at 12 under par. And Casey’s cell phone is on message alert. He said it was strange that he and Monty still haven’t spoken. “We have the same manager,” he said. Point made.