Paul Casey is to begin his 2022 on the Asian Tour at this month’s SMBC Singapore Open. The Englishman, who finished second at the 2019 event at Sentosa Golf Club behind Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, had intended to play last year, until the coronavirus pandemic forced it to be postponed. Casey, who is ranked 27th in the world, has won numerous tournaments over the course of his career, including 15 times on the DP World Tour, while also being a member of three winning European Ryder Cup sides. “I had committed to play last year before the tournament had to be postponed because of Covid-19 but when I knew the event was back on this year, I was more than happy to renew my intention to play,” Casey said. “Given the tough two years Asian golf have faced, I felt it was important I continue to support the event. As a global player I feel obliged to help grow the game and impart my knowledge and experiences with the next generation of Asian golfers.” This month’s tournament will be played on the Serapong Course from January 20 to 23. Casey first played in Singapore’s national open in 2012, finishing in a tie for tenth, but his is no stranger to winning in Asia having claimed the Shinhan Donghae Open in Korea in 2011 and the Volvo China Open and TCL Classic, also in China, both in 2005.