Ian Poulter may have to drop his PGA Tour card because the European Tour increased the number of mandatory events to 13 if players want to retain membership. The Englishman, who joined the US Tour in 2004 as a “special temporary member,” says that it may be difficult to play 13 in Europe along with 15 in America.
“Hopefully it won’t get more difficult as I will have to make a decision myself,” said Poulter
“I have a house over in the States and my family is well settled over there, but then you can’t deny playing two tours is becoming increasingly difficult, especially with the European Tour number you have to play going up,” he added.
“It was 11 events two years ago before it went to 12 and now it’s up to 13, and that’s on top of having to play the mandatory 15 across the ‘Pond’.”
Earlier this week, the young Rory McIlroy announced he was giving up his US PGA Tour card next season, citing various reasons, including scheduling jams caused by the FedEx Cup, loneliness being away from his family, friends and girlfriend. World No. 1 Lee Westwood declared he wouldn’t take up membership with the PGA Tour (he had one-year stint in 2005 as a member). As for Martin Kaymer, he’s still undecided, but his agent claimed that Kaymer is leaning against accepting his offer to play on the PGA Tour, as well.
I guess we should start taking a closer look at the 2011 European Tour schedule…