European PGA Tour Increases Its Eligibility Requirement to 13 Events

The European PGA Tour has raised the number of tournaments golfers must play for full membership for the second consecutive year.

The tour’s Tournament Committee today announced in a statement that players will have to participate in 13 events next season to be considered a full member. The number was raised to 12 from 11 for the 2010 season.

Full members are eligible to win the Race to Dubai, the European Tour’s season-long money list, as well as the tour’s player of the year award. They are also eligible to qualify for the Ryder Cup through the European points list.

England’s Paul Casey and Justin Rose both missed out on this month’s Ryder Cup after they failed to reach the minimum requirement because they played the U.S. PGA Tour. The two were then not among captain Colin Montgomerie’s three wild-card selections, even though they are ranked among the top 12 Europeans in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The tour also said the Volvo World Match Play Championship, which in 2011 will be played at Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa in Spain from May 19-22, will be deemed to be one of the 13 counting events. The event wasn’t played this year after switching to a spring slot from its former traditional autumn date.

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