Paul Casey is hopeful of securing himself a place at the Tokyo area and has set himself the challenge of representing Great Britain at the Olympic Games of next year.
The returns to activity out the point for the Olympics and at the Porsche European Open as world no 17, together with Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose both of him in the world rankings.
Just the players from the world rankings get to feature with the spots moving from countries that do not have two golfers capable to the highest-ranked players.
“If I make top 15 and do not make the team, it would probably be the strongest world rank for British gamers ,” Casey said. “For me, having represented England and Great Britain at amateur level and specialist degree, and Europe in Ryder Cups, it’s the one thing I’ve not really competed in.
“I have done a lot of stuff in golf but haven’t played an Olympics. Japan would be amazing. It’s the one thing. How many opportunities will I get to play at an Olympic Games, although I’m 42 and have a lot of years ago yet? I will be 43 next year. It is unlikely that I’d make it like a 47-year-old.
“I have lots of other objectives. Among my biggest would be to create the Olympics so every occasion between the cut-off in June – even if I do not win – I know is still a bit of world ranking factors.
“It’s a good goal to have, but how do I accomplish that? It is by with a chance to win the Race to most of those other events and Dubai or winning Porsche. I am likely in if I had to acquire three or two occasions between now and then. It’s good, since it keeps you focused.”
Casey’s appearance in Hamburg is his first European Tour beginning the Categories and the World Golf Championship events of this season, out, together with the Englishman looking to finish the campaign strongly.
“This is one of seven occasions I’ve left this year,” Casey added. “I took time so I have the power to compete this week plus at Wentworth, Italy, Dubai, Japan, China and Australia and everywhere else I’m going.
“I haven’t played any yet on the European Tour this year. The fact shows that I enjoy this event a great deal. I truly enjoyed last year, so I had been eager to come back.”
Watch the Porsche European Open during the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage starts on Thursday by 10am on Sky Sports Golf.

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