British success 'should drive more UK tournaments'

07/06/2011

Individuals who will be Open Championship hospitality guests next month may agree with one writer's assessment that the current success of UK-based players should drive tournament organisers to arrange more high-profile events in the UK.

BBC Radio 5 Live's Iain Carter stated that it should be vital that the European Tour develops a calendar that makes the most of an "extraordinary era" of UK talent.

He noted that players such as Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are drawn away from Europe because ranking points and prize money on offer in the US are higher, preventing many home fans from seeing them as often as they'd like.

"At a time when the top two players in the world are from England there is no English Open, while the British Masters and European Open are no more," Mr Carter observed, calling their absence a "glaring omission".

Therefore, he said the responsibility falls on the European Tour to come up with events that can draw the best competitors back to the UK.

As well as Donald and Westwood, the other players from the UK currently in the world top ten are Northern Irishmen Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell and Englishman Paul Casey.

Posted by Ted Walker
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