European exodus continues


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Rory McIlroy is the latest European to pass on PGA Tour membership.

McIlroy – who, along with Rickie Fowler, is a leading candidate for the 2010 Rookie of the Year award – told the Associated Press that “The FedEx Cup is only about money and you shouldn't just be going over to play thinking about how much you can make.”

The Northern Irishman joins a growing list of top Europeans who are not interested in golf on this side of the pond, although McIlroy’s decision is not surprising considering he is represented by Chubby Chandler who is also Lee Westwood’s manager.

Although Martin Kaymer’s manager told “Shag Bag” on Monday his man was still “undecided” on Tour membership next season the exodus of top Europeans from the American circuit continues.

Following Francesco Molinari’s victory on Sunday at the WGC-HSBC Champions, a co-sanctioned event but an unofficial victory for non-Tour members, a member of the Italian’s management team said he would not take up Tour membership in 2011 even if the victory would have qualified him for a Tour card.