Casey books his St Andrews ticket
Paul Casey may be concentrating primarily on the PGA Tour in America this year, but he will be back in Britain for the Open Championship at St Andrews on 16-19 July.
The 37-year-old was among the eight non-exempt players who earned themselves places in the starting line-up at the Home of Golf by being in the world's top 50 on May 25. The others were South African Branden Grace, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and from the United States Matt Every, JB Holmes, Ben Martin, Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker.
After seven weeks of this season Casey was outside the game's leading 80, but then came a superb sequence and it has brought him a return to the scene of his best major performance - a tie for third five years ago.
Having handed in his European Tour membership for 2015 the former world number three lost a play-off for the Northern Trust Open, was joint third at the Honda Classic, ninth in the Houston Open, tied for sixth at The Masters and had a run to the quarter-finals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play before being beaten by eventual winner Rory McIlroy.
Last September Casey became a father for the first time and he said: "Off the golf course I'm so relaxed and happy with where I'm at with Pollyanna and (son) Lex and I think I'm maybe playing as good golf, if not better, than I've played in the past.
"Although I dearly miss the European Tour I'm not missing that travel - I've done it long enough. It was a decision I didn't take lightly. I stewed over it for a long, long time, but I've never played a full season in the US."
Casey is not the only top 50 qualifier with happy memories of St Andrews. It was there that Grace won the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, while the big-hitting Holmes gave his best major display in finishing joint 14th in 2010 and given his burst up the rankings must be relishing another chance to take on the course.
Down at 72nd early in February the former Ryder Cup player, whose career hung in the balance when he underwent two brain operations four years ago, followed two second places with victory at the Houston Open to be ranked 12th.
Most relieved to secure his trip to The Open was Martin, who stood 50th entering the last week of qualification and finished joint 10th in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial to move up two spots.
Snedeker's win at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-am presented him with a further Open opportunity three years after he waltzed round Royal Lytham and St Annes in 66 and 64 to equal the major championship 36-hole record.
Every, meanwhile, had the Arnold Palmer Invitational to thank again for his ticket to the party. Last year he won it to climb from 94th to 44th and a successful defence in March lifted him from 96th to 40th.