Tiger Considering European Tour
By Stefanie Howell
(SPORTSINPUT.com) – Tiger Woods says he might consider joining the European Tour if it changes its membership qualifications. Currently, in order to qualify for the European Cup, you have to have 13 starts for membership. That is up two starts since the last time Woods considered joining in 2000, and four starts more than would qualify him.
He told the PGA at the World Golf Finals where he was set to compete as a member of an eight-player exhibition field, that the Ryder or Presidents Cup should count towards requirements just as it does for the PGA Tour.
“I don’t know what my numbers are – I know I played 19 in the States this year – and whether it crosses over or not, but I will again look at it. I did play Abu Dhabi but then 13 events are certainly a lot more than 11, especially playing full time in the States,” he told the PGA.
This year Woods played all four majors, three WGs, the Ryder Cup, as well as the Abu Dhabi. And the European Tour has stated that it is considering adding the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup, or the Seve Trophy towards its membership qualifications which would inch Woods ever closer to European Tour membership.
Earlier in the week on Tuesday, the 36 year old seemed to be optimistic about his game as he prepared to face his rival, Roy McIlroy, at the Sultan Course at Antalya Golf Club.
“I’ve been out here for 16 to 17 years and I am still part of that conversation, which is good,” he told ESPN. “It’s really neat because he (Jack Nicklaus) found it fun to be a part of that conversation when he was competing in the Ben Hogan days and all the way through Tom Watson and into an era when there were guys like Seve Ballestros and all those guys in Europe. Jack played the Tour for 25-plus years and had to deal with the question as to who is the best player. If I could do something like that it would be neat, and so far I feel as though I have.”
And beat him he did by 6 strokes on Thursday which advanced him to the semifinals with Justin Rose. However, Rose beat Tiger by a stroke at the semifinals.
“It seemed the hole just got bigger and bigger with each hole I played, and that hasn’t happened for a while,” Rose told Sports Illustrated.
Perhaps Tiger Woods will win one for the United States next year at the inaugural $7 million Turkish Open for the European Tour if he becomes a member. Ahmet Agaoglu, president of the Turkish Golf Federation, seems to be convinced that he’ll be seeing Woods a little more often next year because he went to extra lengths to make sure no one was on Wood’s line of shot, even so far as getting aggressive with a couple photographers.
As he told the Associated Press, “I am trying to make everything this week so perfect and it’s unfortunate my reaction happened. However, I will prepare a written apology and send it to him apologizing for my own actions.”
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