Paul Casey Reveals WhatsApp Discussions Over LIV Golfers Playing Asian Tour

LIV golfers may head to the Asian Tour in the hope of earning world ranking points

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Paul Casey has suggested that there are WhatsApp group discussions among LIV Golf players to all play certain Asian Tour events together to boost the strength of field and therefore earn more world ranking points.

As it stands, LIV is without world ranking points so the only chance the 48 players, who are all suspended by the PGA Tour, have of earning world ranking points are via the Majors, Asian Tour and, for some still, the DP World Tour. 

The Asian Tour has seen significant investment from LIV, so it is a definite alternative for players in the Saudi-backed series looking to earn ranking points. 


"There's talk about guys sort of playing a couple," Casey said of playing on the Asian Tour. "I don't even know the schedule. I'm sorry, whether they go play something before Bangkok to get ready, or the break in August, because there's one, the next one is in Bedminster.

"Then I think there's a break before it's Boston or Chicago. I get my dates mixed up. Do they go play to be a bit sharper? There's a lot of discussion, a lot of WhatsApp chat group feeds going around. I'm not part of most of them. I think the discussion was if guys turn up en masse, then it lifts the World Ranking points. So if they're going to go play an Asian Tour, they all go together."

The Englishman joined the new circuit during the second event in Portland, where it was announced that he would be joining Bryson DeChambeau's Crushers GC. Casey says he's fully aware that he may not be allowed to play in Majors.

"I was fully aware of what might be, of the possibility of not playing Majors. I think it's an interesting question for the younger guys. Myself, I mean, I'm hanging on in the world rankings.

"I don't know what guys are going to do. I think there's the option of playing some Asian Tour events. We're going to see what happens with the DP World Tour. But I was under no illusions that my ranking could slide and be out within however long, whatever the timeframe is. More incentive to play well this week as well to try and get points. I did my due diligence, put it that way."

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

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Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

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