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European Tour or PGA Tour?

Stars undecided on where future lies

Posted Nov 11, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Ian Poulter

In a sport where money talks, it is refreshing to see some of Europe’s and the world’s best golfers shunning the PGA Tour in favour of staying on this side of the pond.
Recently, world number one Lee Westwood and world number nine Rory McIlroy have both said they will be remaining on the European Tour and not venturing over to the States. And now Ryder Cup hero, Ian Poulter, has come out and said he’s not sure where he will focus his attentions from now on.
The colourful world number 15 is unsure of his future after the European Tour decided that to retain your card, you must play a mandatory 13 events from 2011 onwards. To be on the PGA Tour you have to play 15 so it makes it next to impossible to do both.
So where is the best to play?
Financially, if that’s all a player is bothered about, then head over to the United States and the PGA Tour. Here they have the best and biggest purses available in golf simply because they have the backing and support of major sponsors.
But being there doesn’t necessarily mean that you are guaranteed the world ranking points and if this is the major aim then being on either Tour can mean success.
Westwood has proved that you don’t just have to play in the States to become the best in the world. In fact, quite the opposite. Although he has played a lot of tournaments there, he has chosen the biggest and most prestigious and focused on these.
And he has performed well at the Majors – the Open, the USPGA Championship, The Masters and the US Open – as has Martin Kaymer who is also vying for the number one spot in the world.
So it just goes to show that you can still play on the European Tour and be the best player in the world. And with Europe’s Ryder Cup victory, it shows that the European Tour is going from strength to strength.
I hope that, despite a settled family in the US, Poulter will see that the European Tour is the place to be and that he can still achieve his main aim of becoming the best player on the planet by competing in Europe.

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