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Report: European Tour to Change Membership Requirements

European Tour Losing Top Stars to PGA Tour
A number of European Tour players are shedding their membership cards in favor of the PGA Tour. Will new executive Keith Pelley change the membership requirements to keep the talent?

New European Tour CEO will reportedly answer the cries of his best players with regards to the event minimum required for European Tour membership.

According to a report by the Telegraph's James Corrigan, Pelley will reduce number of events required for membership from 13 (including majors and World Golf Championships) to five (not-including majors and World Golf Championships). This will benefit players like Paul Casey, who recently made news when he questioned the Tour's event requirement for membership, saying he would rule himself ineligible for the 2016 Ryder Cup. 

"I love the European Tour and I'd like to be a part of a better tour, but I want to see change," said Casey. "I'm really not sure I'm going to re-join."

The change will particularly benefit global players not ranked in the top 50 in the world and thus not eligible for the World Golf Championship events. It will also positively impact the European Ryder Cup team by making it easier for players to maintain European Tour membership, a requirement for Ryder Cup eligibility.

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Pelley is also expected announce changes to the European Tour's Final Series, which will be reduced from four events to three. The WGC-HSBC Champions will no longer be a part of the Final Series due to its unique restrictions for qualifying. 

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