Paul Casey in Ryder Cup injury scare as he withdraws from BMW Championship with bad back

PAUL CASEY is at the centre of a Ryder Cup injury scare after withdrawing from the BMW Championship with a bad back.

Englishman Casey, a wildcard pick for Europe captain Thomas Bjorn, pulled out after the third round.

 Paul Casey is in a Ryder Cup injury scare after pulling out of the BMW Championship with a bad back

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Paul Casey is in a Ryder Cup injury scare after pulling out of the BMW Championship with a bad back

The rain-delayed final round has been put back to today – and a win for Casey's fellow countryman Justin Rose will see him go world No 1 for the first time.

Casey is 17th in the FedEx Cup and already assured of being in the top 30 who make the season-ending Tour Championship.

But it is not yet clear if he will be able to compete at East Lake next week.

He was four under par and 13 shots adrift of Rose when he pulled out on Monday morning.

 The Englishman has suffered back pain in the past

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The Englishman has suffered back pain in the past

The 41-year-old withdrew from this year's Players Championship citing a bad back.

That did not keep him out for too long, however, as he returned to action just a fortnight later.

Casey has previously complained of his L-4, L-5 and S-1 (vertebrae) being "all out of place".

He said: "Big inflammation, nerve pain down the leg and up the back. I didn't know what was going on."

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Casey is back in the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008.

He won his first PGA Tour title for nine years at the Valspar Championship in March, where he held off Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed.

PAUL CASEY is at the centre of a Ryder Cup injury scare after withdrawing from the BMW Championship with a bad back.