Europe los­ing out to PGA Tour

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The Euro­pean Tour has no prob­lem pro­duc­ing star play­ers. Keep­ing them is the chal­lenge. Seven play­ers from Europe's Ry­der Cup team are PGA Tour mem­bers. Five have made the United States their main res­i­dence, and the list is only grow­ing.

Martin Kaymer, a former world No. 1 and past PGA Cham­pi­onship win­ner, an­nounced this week that he's join­ing the PGA Tour. Lee Westwood is mov­ing from Eng­land to Florida. And bighit­ting Ni­co­las Col­saerts of Bel­gium told The As­so­ci­ated Press that he will cut his Euro­pean Tour events to the min­i­mum 13 next year so he can play a full sched­ule in Amer­ica. ''It's a stronger tour and you have the best play­ers in Amer­ica,'' Col­saerts said Wed­nes­day. ''This is per­fect tim­ing for me. I've had a pretty good year over here and it's maybe time to have a taste of some­where else, see if I like it and see if it it's the tour I will be play­ing for the next cou­ple of years.''

Luke Don­ald, Ian Poul­ter, Justin Rose, Graeme McDow­ell and Peter Han­son al­ready were based in Florida, with Don­ald split­ting time be­tween Florida and Chicago. Han­son fi­nally earned enough money this year to take up PGA Tour mem­ber­ship, though he had been liv­ing at Lake Nona in Or­lando, Fla.

Euro­pean Tour chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­orge O'Grady said the de­par­ture of so many stars was a tes­ta­ment to the qual­ity of play­ers in Europe and the in­creas­ing open­ness of the U.S. tour to take them.

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