“I believe it’s becoming harder and harder to play multiple tours,” Scottsaid Wednesday at the Australian Masters. “My playing poorly this year doesn’thelp. But those years of Ernie Els running second in the U.S. and winning theOrder of Merit … I don’t think you’re going to see too much of that.”
Scott already has played 22 times this year on the European Tour and the PGATour, and he now embarks on the Australasian Tour schedule at the AustralianMasters, followed by the Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship inDecember.
Next week is the Dubai World Championship to cap off the European Tourschedule. Scott is No. 44 in the Race to Dubai.
European Tour chief executive George O’Grady said last week it would beannounced in Dubai whether the tour will act on a proposal that players competein four out of six designated events, which could require playing moretournaments in Europe and could force players to alter an already busy schedule.
Scott said he doesn’t blame Europe for considering the stronger membershiprequirements, saying it needs to protect its sponsors and deliver a strongfield. It just might not be for him.
“I think Europe is doing the right thing,” he said. “But if that’s thecase, and with where I am with my game, I’m going to have to focus on one or theother and give it 100 percent. Because you run the risk of potentially notplaying well on either tour. If you want to compete in the FedEx Cup, you’ve gotto spot Phil Mickelson , Jim Furyk , Vijay Singh seven to 10 events. These are notexactly lightweights.”
On the European Tour, he said it is getting tougher to compete against thelikes of Lee Westwood , Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell . McIlroy has played 23times on the European Tour, compared with 11 tournaments for Scott.
“With the depth of talent on both tours, it’s going to be hard for me toplay two tours next year,” he said. “If you finish 20th on one and 15th onanother, you don’t know how good that is.”
Poulter did not reach the FedEx Cup final event on the PGA Tour, and onlyclimbed into the top 10 on Europe two weeks ago by winning in Singapore, hisfirst victory anywhere in three years. Rose only qualified for two FedEx Cupplayoff events, and is No. 47 in Europe.
Els has been this generation’s pied piper when it comes to global travel. Hewon the Order of Merit in 2004 and finished a distant second on the PGA Tourmoney list in 2004, when he won five times and had a chance to win all fourmajors.