James Corrigan reports that Paul Casey has not only never talked to Colin Montgomerie about his Ryder Cup snub--"I think there's a voice mail somewhere"--but that Monty has been avoiding Casey even in his post-Cup glow.
Casey then revealed that he had expected Montgomerie to seek him out at a pro-am dinner in Shanghai four weeks ago, particularly as the Scot had not only informed the press of his intention but also texted Casey that day. "I saw him there, but then he was gone," said Casey. "He knew where to find me."
When asked if it was strange that they had been at the same function and Montgomerie had failed to make contact, Casey replied with more than a hint of bewilderment. "We also have the same manager," he said.
Perhaps Montgomerie's latest snub is just as well, as it is doubtful Casey would have agreed with his explanation for looking to others at Celtic Manor. Montgomerie cited Casey's unsuitability to the foursomes format, saying it would have "limited his role". That viewpoint plainly baffles, if not angers, Casey.
"I've only lost two foursomes and one of those was against Tiger [Woods] and the other time was when I played with Henrik [Stenson] when we just didn't gel," said the three-times Ryder Cup player. "Otherwise my record with David Howell and Luke [Donald] is 100 per cent. When we won the 2004 World Cup in Seville, Luke and I scored better in the foursomes than in the fourballs, shooting 64-64. So me not being very good at foursomes is nonsense."