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Sponsors drop Casey over USA comments

Paul Casey is to be dropped by his sponsors Titleist in the wake of his anti-American comments.

The Englishman told a Sunday newspaper he "hated" Americans but later stressed he was wrong to use the word and said it was taken in the wrong spirit.

But Acushnet - maker of Titleist clubs and balls - has taken a dim view.

In a statement Wally Uihlein, chairman and chief executive officer of the Acushnet company, said: "First and foremost, we want people to understand that Mr Casey's comments do not reflect the views of the Acushnet Company and were not made in his capacity as a endorser of our products.

"In additions, Mr Casey's contract expires on December 31 and both parties have mutually agreed that it will not be renewed or extended."

Scott Verplank was full of criticism of Casey's remarks.

"If he's really that uncomfortable or that annoyed or anything I don't think anybody would miss him if he went back to England.

"I wouldn't think that would be the smartest thing to do if you're going to stay over in the United States. The temperature around him might cool off a little bit.

"I mean, how can you say derogatory things towards a group of people and generalising them all and not expect to have some guys not take it personally?"

Paul Casey sparked the row when he told a journalist that Europe were motivated for their famous Ryder Cup win over the USA in September because they "properly hated them".

He also said Americans have a "tendency to sort of wind people up" and questioned the wisdom of Tom Lehman's appointment as next United States captain.

But Casey, who lives in America and has an American coach and girlfriend, has since insisted: "I have nothing against the United States whatsoever and I wish I could take it back."

When asked about Titleist today. "No comment," he said.

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