European Tour Releases Defensive Statement

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The PGA European Tour, in defense of several allegations that they are losing not only top players, but power, to the American PGA Tour, released a statement Thursday to clarify their positions on the issue.
 
As read on www.europeantour.com, the Tour - spearheaded by Executive Director Ken Schofield - claimed that players have had, and always will have the freedom to play golf wherever they choose.
 
'Schofield's oft-repeated dictum is that the Members go with the blessing of The European Tour because of the Tour's maxim of opportunity and incentive to play anywhere they wish, while the Tour continues to rise to the highest challenge of creating more and more events of the highest quality to encourage Members to stay, or return to their roots,' the Tour issued.
 
Furthermore, the Tour refuted allegations that Swede Jesper Parnevik has resigned his membership of the European Tour. They also claimed that Denmark's Thomas Bjorn, who has been rumored to commit his play to America, has made no such commitment whatsoever.
 
In one final action, the Tour also took a defensive stance of two other full-time European Tour players who have come under scrutiny from the media in Pierre Fulke and Justin Rose.
 
The Tour defended their players from media allegations of mediocrity, citing several of Fulke's top performances in recent times, as well as those of Rose.
 
The Tour did not specifically state who the primary offenders were.
 
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