Tiger Woods may be seeking to broaden his horizons by joining the European Tour. Woods has clearly accomplished a great deal on the PGA Tour, but he is now reportedly contemplating taking on an entirely new set of challenges. Should he pursue this opportunity, Tiger would not give up his PGA card, rather, he would hold dual membership on both tours.
Currently, the European Tour requires that golfers participate in 13 events in order to obtain membership. This is not the first time Woods has taken this under serious consideration. The last time was in 2000, when the requirement was only 11 events. The leadership overseas is soon expected to announce that the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Seve Trophy will count towards that requirement. The European Tour does recognize the four major championships from the PGA Tour as qualifying events.
Woods would likely be only a few events short of the qualifying requirement, and if he is serious about membership, could easily adjust his schedule to make that happen. In an interview Wednesday, Woods said:
“I knew I would have to play one of two more events back then when it was 11 but now that criteria is 13, I don’t know what my numbers are as I know I played 19 in the States this year and whether it crosses over or not but I will again look at it.”
It’s clear that Tiger has been seriously pondering this for quite some time, and one can’t really blame him. It would certainly be a change for him and adding a few events overseas could be what he needs to get his confidence and mojo running again. Also, there’s a good chance it would open up a number of new endorsement deals.
If Woods does decide to go ahead with dual membership, it will be interesting to see what effect, if any, if has on his performance in the states.