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Paul Casey, ranked 26th in the world, becomes the latest to defect from the PGA Tour for LIV Golf


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The LIV Golf Invitational Series has picked up another, as in another PGA Tour player.

The most recent name is Paul Casey, who LIV Golf announced Saturday as the latest PGA Tour defecter. Casey, 44, will make his debut at the tour’s third event, July 29-31 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Casey has missed the Masters, PGA Championship and US Open this year, recovering from a back injury. He has not played since the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in March.

Paul Casey of England lines up a putt on the par 4 14th hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass on March 14, 2022 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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Casey is ranked 26th in the Official World Golf Ranking. LIV Golf now has 22 of the world’s top 100 players on board, with Dustin Johnson (No. 17) the highest-ranked player on the course.

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The Englishman has won three times on the PGA Tour, most recently at the Valspar Championship in 2019. Casey has won 15 times on the European Tour and has represented Team Europe five times at the Ryder Cup. Casey has been a teammate on the Europe Team with the likes of Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood, all of whom play at LIV Golf.

England's Paul Casey jumps onto the 15th green during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on March 14, 2022 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

England’s Paul Casey jumps onto the 15th green during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on March 14, 2022 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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In 2019, Casey said that he did not feel comfortable playing in the Saudi International tournament, later sanctioned by the European Tour. He skipped the event in both 2019 and 2020, before playing in each of the last two years.

Paul Casey of England plays his 18th hole shot during a practice round before the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia.

Paul Casey of England plays his 18th hole shot during a practice round before the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia.
(David Cannon/Getty Images)

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LIV Golf is primarily backed by Saudi Arabia, which has long been accused of human rights violations. Players who have joined the upstart league have been criticized by players, both former and current, as well as fans for joining.



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