Westwood rejoins PGA tour for 2012

Sawgrass shindig: Lee Westwood is to compete in the Players Championship - 'a great event'.
Sawgrass shindig: Lee Westwood is to compete in the Players Championship - 'a great event'.
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World number three Lee Westwood will divide his time between Europe and America next year after deciding to rejoin the PGA Tour in 2012.

The move will see the Worksop man compete in The Players Championship at Sawgrass, which he did not contest this year due to scheduling complications, and attempt to qualify for the play-offs and FedEx Cup for the first time.

“I missed The Players Championship last year when watching it on television,” Westwood said. “It was always a scheduling issue for me.

“Though the rules changed making it exempt from PGA Tour restrictions, I had already set my schedule for later in the year in Asia. I didn’t want to break any of those commitments.

“It’s a great event and one I’ve always enjoyed playing. It just felt right in Ryder Cup year to commit to a full programme in the United States.

“The FedEx Cup looked pretty good on TV this year. I thought it would be great to give it a go, having never taken part.”

Westwood’s first tournament in America will be the Accenture World Match Play in February. He is obliged to play a minimum of 15 events in the United States.