Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Tiger Woods won't join Euro Tour
By Bob Harig
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Despite a change in membership requirements that would have made it easier for him to accomplish, Tiger Woods will not be joining the European Tour in 2013.
Because the PGA Tour is going to count participation in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup as one of the events to fulfill the 13-tournament minimum, Woods had not ruled out the possibility -- until Tuesday.
"I am not going to play the European Tour next year,'' Woods said at Sherwood Country Club, where he is playing in his foundation's World Challenge presented by Northwestern Mutual this week. "I certainly understand the ruling, and that's nice, but no. It's a bit much for me still.''
Because the four major championships and four World Golf Championships count toward membership on both the PGA and European Tours, Woods could have pulled off dual membership if he desired.
The new European schedule announced over the weekend requires playing in two of the last three official events to be eligible for the season-ending tournament in Dubai. One of those is the WGC-HSBC Champions, a tournament that counts on both tours. If Woods played that, the following week in Turkey and then in Dubai -- all November events -- along with the remaining seven majors and WGCs, he'd be up to 10 tournaments.
Add the Presidents Cup and the Abu Dhabi event he has committed to in January and Woods would be one tournament away from European membership requirements.
"I've had opportunities over the years, especially when (membership) was at 11 events. I was very close a couple of times and could have taken up membership and played it. I enjoy playing around the world, and I still always will, but I am going to play this (PGA) Tour.''
Woods is playing his 24th worldwide event (including the Ryder Cup and an exhibition in Turkey) at this week's World Challenge, where he is the defending champion.
If Woods had been a European Tour member, he would have captured the money title on both tours six times.