Not just the Ryder Cup returning to Europe

It was great to see Rory McIlroy announce on Tuesday that he is joining the growing band of European golfers snubbing the US Tour in favour of a place on the European circuit.

It has been a great year for European golf with Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer claiming two major victories and the Ryder Cup returning to Europe, a new World No.1 in Lee Westwood with Kaymer (No.3) also pushing hard for the top spot.

The mandatory 15 tournaments needed to qualify for a PGA tour card would appear to be putting too much pressure on Europe’s golfers. They would appear to prefer to pick and choose their competitions ‘across the pond’ these days, rather than being forced to spend more time there than they want too.

Along with Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, McIlroy’s return will add more prestige to the European Tour. And with bigger names will come more sponsorship and bigger prize money, meaning the possibility of even more of the world’s top golfers plying their trade on this side of the Atlantic.