Hong Kong Open winner Ian Poulter says he intends to remain committed to playing in the United States despite the European Tour’s decision to increase its number of mandatory events.
As of next season, players need to take part in 13 rather than 12 events to retain membership of the European Tour and the Florida-based Englishman admitted that planning his 2011 season will therefore not be easy.
As a result of the change, Poulter’s Ryder Cup team-mates Rory McIlroy and world number one Lee Westwood have already decided to turn their backs on the US PGA Tour.
“I live in Orlando, so the family is schooled there, I have three children, two of which school in the States,” Poulter explained.
“Rory lives in Ireland. His family is in Ireland. So therefore for him, I guess it’s difficult to see being over that side of the pond.
“For him, it’s an easy decision, and for me, I’m happy playing golf where I am. I’m very happy playing both tours, playing The European Tour and the US PGA Tour.”
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