Ryder Cup absence has 'fuelled the fire' for Casey

Thomas Bjorn

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Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn will run the rule over a heavyweight European team when he skippers them against Asia in this week's EurAsia Cup.

And Casey, who has lost only two matches in his three Ryder Cup appearances, is determined to prove he deserves to be back in the fold when Europe host the United States of America at Le Golf National in Paris in late September. I got to meet some of the guys that I didn't really know that well today and everyone is having a great time in the team room, on the golf course and that's what I want it to be like.

The Dane, who will also captain Europe at the Ryder Cup in France later this year, will have a stellar cast at his disposal.

Team Europe (front row left to right): Henrik Stenson, Bernd Wiesberger, Thomas Bjorn, Captain of Team Europe, Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher.

The last time the event was played, a European team led by Darren Clarke romped to an 18 1/2-5 1/2 blowout win over their Asian counterparts in the second edition of the biennial matchplay contest in 2016.

"When I walk around [at events] and see Tyrrell Hatton and Sergio Garcia, my mind is on them, how they're playing and how I can utilise them".

"I think when I played the Asian Tour, the depth of the field wasn't quite as deep as what it is now".

Dunne is now well-placed in the Ryder Cup standings at seventh in the European points list and sixth in the world points list but there is still a long way to go before the team is finalised.

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Bjorn has six players with Ryder Cup experience on his roster in Malaysia and he believes this will be a good dress-rehearsal for him and many of his team.

Asia captain Atwal revealed he had a chance to ask Tiger Woods for advice on leading his team.

"I'm really enjoying it (captaincy)".

"I think this is good for us, giving us encouragement and motivation".

The match-play event will start tomorrow with the four-ball competition before the foursomes takes place the following day (January 13). "You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen".

The Englishman made his Ryder Cup debut in Europe's 2004 victory at Oakland Hills and helped the team retain the title two years later at the K Club near Dublin.

Now back in the European team fold for the first time in ten years at this week's EurAsia Cup, Casey has reflected on his omission back in 2010 and said he holds no grudges against the eight-time European Tour Order of Merit victor.

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