The European Tour considers amending membership requirements of tournaments played, lowering from 13 to perhaps 11, to keep top golfers such as Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell members of the European Tour.
PGA Tour golfers Ian Poulter, Hunter Mahan and Kevin Streelman are among the players locked into the 2016 Masters field, while golfers like Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald still need to earn their way in.
Alexander Levy is trying to win his second title in China and third European Tour victory for the season. The Frenchman started that effort Thursday with a 7-under 65 for a one-shot lead at the BMW Masters.
We know they play hard for the European Tour come Ryder Cup time, but playing pure European Tour tournaments is another story. Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter are in China for the BMW Masters, but it’s just the fourth pure European Tour tournament for each of them.
Greg Norman, who is recovering from a chainsaw-related injury, received clearance to play at the pro-am of the Franklin Templeton Shootout before joining the Fox Sports broadcast booth for the December tournament.
Graeme McDowell has joined Lee Westwood in condemning the U.S. Ryder Cup team for airing its dirty linen in public. The Northern Irishman also accused Tom Watson of seeming “disconnected and aloof” from his players.