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GMAC: Playing on two Tours is tough
20 May 2015 17:05
Ryder Cup stalwart Graeme McDowell has explained how hard a juggling act it is for the top European players to commit to events on their home circuit and compete in the best tournaments in the US.
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The European Tour has struggled to find new sponsors and keep tournaments on its schedule in recent years with the likes of world number one Rory McIlroy, third-ranked Henrik Stenson and number six Justin Rose spending most of their time in the US.
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"It's obvious that it's a tough landscape right now," world number 35 McDowell told a news conference on the eve of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
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"When you have an option on where to play in the world it's a tough decision. But this one is always on the schedule for me and for most guys, this is an iconic event.
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"As a European golfer you would love to add your name to this trophy and that's why there is such a strong field assembled here."
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In truth, though, the absence of Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Paul Casey means this week's field is not as strong as it could be.
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"For someone like myself who makes his home in America and has a wife and young child, it becomes an increasingly difficult balancing act to work out when you jump on a plane to travel all over the world," said the Ulsterman.
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