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Paul Casey secures Ryder Cup spot

Britain's Paul Casey capped a memorable week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by securing his place in next month's European Ryder Cup team.

Although the Englishman fell back into a tie for fourth after sharing the lead with nine holes to play in Sunday's final round, he was delighted by his performance at Firestone Country Club.

"I'm very happy with that," Casey told reporters after a one-over-par 71 left him at seven under with Americans Davis Love III and Lucas Glover, and Argentina's Angel Cabrera.

"I'm just happy with my game in general. When I do make putts, I'm hitting the ball well enough from tee to green to score, and that was evident from my 64 yesterday," Casey added.

"That's by far my best round around here on a tough golf course."

Casey's third-round 64 earned him a place in the final group on Sunday with Tiger Woods and 2004 champion Stewart Cink, who lost out to the world number one at the fourth extra hole.

"I love playing here and it was my first time ever playing in the final group in the U.S. on a Sunday, especially with Tiger, so that was an experience," he added.

Casey, who made his Ryder Cup debut in 2004, shared the lead with American Jim Furyk at 10 under midway through the final round before slipping back with three bogeys after the turn.

"I thought I played okay," he said. "I made a couple of putts at the beginning and just didn't make anything on the back nine."

Asked to outline his playing schedule before the Sept. 22-24 Ryder Cup at the K Club in Ireland, he replied: "Straight away back to Germany for the BMW (International Open), and then I think today gets me into the HSBC Match Play.

"If I'm in the Match Play, I'll play that and then the Ryder Cup."

Next week's BMW International Open in Munich is the final qualifying event before the European team is finalised.

The top five in the world points list on Sept. 3 automatically qualify, plus the leading five in the European points standings not otherwise qualified from the world points list.

Captain Ian Woosnam will add his two wildcard selections later that day to complete the 12-man line-up.

The front-runners for Woosnam's two picks are believed to be Britons Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke and Ian Poulter and Dane Thomas Bjorn.



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