Paul Casey's Ryder Cup Chances Crumble in Colorado

Peter CollinsContributor IFebruary 16, 2012

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 03:  Paul Casey of England in action during the first round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club on November 3, 2011 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Paul Casey dislocated his right shoulder while snowboarding in Colorado in early January and will have to sit out at least the first two months of 2012 due to this unfortunate injury. Casey was unable to defend his title at the Volvo Golf Champions on Jan. 19, forced to watch South African Brendan Grace lift the title instead, in a three-way playoff with fellow South Africans Retief Goosen and Ernie Els.

Not only has Casey's start of the season taken a setback, but his chances of making Jose Maria Olazabal's 2012 Ryder Cup team have also been hampered. Should he not make this year’s team, it will mean Casey has failed to make a Ryder Cup team since their loss at Valhalla in 2008 as a result of another injury, a re-occurring rib problem he suffered in the 2009 Open. 

"I am very frustrated as I was really looking forward to getting off to a fast start in 2012," Casey announced soon after he received the injury.

Casey has not been able to get a consistent run of form going over the last few years as he is constantly picking up injuries and niggles. It was only halfway through last season when Casey suffered from "turf toe" (a pain at the base of the big toe), which sidelined him for a few weeks, and again he has been struck down with yet another injury.

If Casey does not get high enough in the European rankings this year before the Ryder Cup picks, he may just have to pray and hope that team captain Olazabal chooses him as a wild card for the Ryder Cup in the Medinah Country Club, United States. Should he not make this year's team he will just have to wait for the next Ryder Cup in being played in the Highlands of Scotland at Gleneagles. The same course where Casey's first professional win came, so only good fortune follows the Englishman around this course.