Truth & Rumors: PGA Tour won't change to accommodate Westwood

Thursday February 17th, 2011

No Love for LeeThere has been a lot of back and forth about how accommodating the PGA Tour should be to players like Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy who have turned down invitations to join the U.S. circuit full time. The Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard talked to the Tour to see if there were any plans to make it easier for non-members to play a full slate of PGA Tour events. The answer? You probably could have guessed it.

When asked if the Tour was considering any changes to its policies that would encourage players like Westwood to play full-time on both sides of the pond, Tour vice president of communications Ty Votaw said the circuit was not.“We look at it every year, our rules as it applies to the 15 event (minimum) for members, 12 (maximum) for non-members and 11 for players like Lee and, to my knowledge, we haven't had any real conversations related to changing that,” Votaw said.Specifically, Votaw was asked if the Tour was considering lowering the minimum number of events required for Tour membership (15), which may tempt players like Westwood to play both tours, or exempting top 10 players in the World Golf Ranking into as many events as they wish to play.
“None of that has been discussed,” he said.
Du-bought? may be doomed ready to commit
Tiger Woods could sign a new three-year contract to play at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic till 2014, if Golf in Dubai have their way. Arguably the greatest golfer in the world, the 35-year-old didn't exactly cover himself in glory at the Emirates Golf Club last weekend as he finished tied 20th, his worst finish here and was also fined by the European PGA Tour for spitting on the greens. But according to Mohammad Juma Bu Amim, vice-president and CEO of Golf in Dubai, the American superstar could be back next year if things go according to plan.
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