Rory McIlroy has joined Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer in saying “no” to the PGA Tour and the FedEx Cup for 2011.
If you’re not playing well in the States it can be a lonely place. But if you’re not playing well on the European Tour you still have plenty of mates to hang out with.
The $10,000,000 FedEx Cup prize isn’t enough to entice these great players to play here full time. They don’t like being forced to play in events they don’t want to play in, to be eligible for the Cup.
I wish I had enough dough in the bank and a good enough golf game to be able to say no like that… Maybe in my next life.
How much is at stake in the Race to Dubai? Isn’t it similar cash to the FedEx cup? But I can’t imagine they are willing to leave that much money on the table, plus the hit their world golf rankings, to not play in the US. Something is up with this.
I have to say the decision makes a lot of sense.
I think it says a lot for European tour golf that three of the current top ten players in the world prefer to play the European circuit. I really don’t think that it is any slight on the P G A Tour,the fact is that the European tour have done their homework and made their tour more competitive in terms of venue as well as the very attractive prize funds . There is probably every bit as much money involved in the RACE TO DUBAI.
This happens every year with a few European golfers. The PGA does not pay appearance fees so if the chance at the Fed Ex Cup and $10,000,000 is not a sufficient inducement, who cares?