Friday, November 25, 2011

Westwood rejoins PGA tour

Lee Westwood will rejoin the PGA tour in 2012 but has announced his intentions to split his commitment between both the European Tour and that in the USA.

The world number three is now obliged to play in 15 events across the Atlantic in which his first next season will be the WGC Matchplay event in Arizona in February. He does have two wins under his belt on the PGA Tour, however, he has been much more successful in Europe throughout his career so far.

Westwood will also compete in next year's Players' Championship – considered by many as the unofficial fifth major on the golf calendar. The former world number one missed the tournament at Sawgrass last year because he had already committed to events in Asia and did not want to pull out.

It is also thought that the Ryder Cup and FedEx Cup have played a significant part towards the player taking up a card on the PGA Tour next year. The FedEx Cup is worth $10 million for the winner and determines the champion golfer of the season. The best online sports betting reflects how tough it is.

The 38-year old will be required to play at least 13 tournaments on the European tour, however, the four majors do count on both circuits. He is expected to still appear predominantly in Europe as Ryder Cup points will be available as he looks to qualify for next year's team.

The 2012 Ryder Cup will take place in the States from the Medinah Country Club in Illnois. Westwood was part of the European side that defeated the United States in 2010 at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales. However, Europe have not defeated their opponents on American soil since 2004.

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