Now that the Ryder Cup is over, Luke Donald sets out to complete his European Tour schedule.
He has played 10 tournaments that count toward the required 13 events he must play, although he raised one point that Europe might want to consider.
Why shouldn’t the Ryder Cup count?
The PGA Tour for years has counted the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup toward its minimum 15 events for membership. It’s not an official event, and there is money or world ranking points offered.
But in terms of fulfilling commitments to the tour, it might be the longest week of the year.
“It’s one of the busiest weeks we play all year, hence we’d like to get the European Tour to count it as a counting event,” Donald said. “We actually do quite a lot of work that week.”
Donald said he would bring it up to tour officials, and he raised an argument why it should count on Europe even more than it does on the PGA Tour. The European Tour has a financial stake in the Ryder Cup, while net proceeds on the other side of the Atlantic benefit only the PGA of America, not the PGA Tour.
OCHOA RETURNS: Lorena Ochoa returns to competition this week in the Ladies Open of France, which starts Thursday at Chantaco Golf Club.
The 30-year-old Mexican retired from full-time golf in April 2010. She is playing on the request of Lacoste, the title sponsor of the tournament.
WELCOME TO AMERICA: Nicolas Colsaerts, of Belgium, has become the ninth member of the Europe’s winning Ryder Cup team to have some form of PGA Tour membership.
He has taken special temporary membership for the rest of the season, meaning he can take unlimited sponsor exemptions. He already plans to play next week in the Frys.com Open.
Colsaerts has earned $494,386. He would need to earn the equivalent of No. 125 on the money list to earn his card for 2013. He’s about $100,000 behind the 125th spot.