Westwood Rips Euro Tour Schedule
By Kickntrue on 12/21/10
You have to give this to world #1 Lee Westwood... at least he's an equal opportunity whiner. He's been critical of the PGA Tour before but now he's getting on his home circuit.
Lee Westwood has taken a swipe at the European Tour schedule for next year, as only two events will take place on English soil.

"I can't get my head around it," Westwood told the Daily Express. "English golf has never been so strong, we have 10 world-class Englishmen and we should all be getting together and playing an English Open or a European Open in England, even if the European Tour has to fund it.

"If the Tour want me to be an ambassador for an English Open then I am quite happy to do that."
Good on Westwood. It's not about agreeing or disagreeing with him, it's about the fact that he's using his status is golf to share his opinions and influence, something fans BEGGED Tiger to do for years. Is Westwood going to make some enemies along the way? You bet he is. Could he actually help the sport? Absolutely.

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mjaber says:
Good for him speaking out. My question is, are there other European countries that are hosting more than 2 events? If there are, then he definately has good reason to be voicing his consternation. If no other country has more than 2, he's a little short on a reasoning. The only thing he's got to stand on is that England is the "Home of Golf", and IMO that's not alot to stand on when you're talking about being fair and equal.
12/21/10
 
munk24 says:
Well you can tell Im on vacation Heres a quick(hopefully accurate count) of euro events Leading the way Spain has 7 events, the US 6, China 4, South Africa 4, France and the UAE 3
Now the British Isles does have 7 events, with Scotland getting 3 England 2 and Ireland and Wales 1 each(So I guess Westwood wants more in his specific country)
Now a lot of this has to do with the weather and the length of golfing seasons in some of these countries.
12/21/10
 
munk24 says:
@mjaber, actually I believe Scotland is the home of golf, and dont confuse England and Scotland(a lot of people consider them the same) every Scot or Irishmen will tell you they are not English :)
12/21/10
 
mjaber says:
@munk... Sorry 'bout that. I assumed that since they were both part of "Great Britain," and both ruled by the same head of state, that they would be one in the same. Must be like the different states over here... never tell a New Yorker he's a Bostonian.

Thanks for the info about the tour stops. I'm assuming the 6 US are the WGC events and maybe the majors(?) I think there probably needs to be a little more spreading out around Europe for tour stops. The US tour goes all over, and I'm sure there are other courses/countries that could host/support events.
12/21/10
 
munk24 says:
@jaber yes the US stops are, just kidding with you about the other, most of the world thinks that way since they all are ruled by London, but as you can tell from Westwoods statement they dont think that way over there. I have a twitter golf buddy who is a Scot, during the world cup he was sporting a US jersey when we played England. Well the climate over there dictates where they can play, they hit Sweden and the northern european countries during their short summer, Spain and Italy in the in between periods and South Africa, the Middle East and South Pacific during their winters. US, the three majors, Accenture Match Play, Doral and Firestone.
12/21/10
 
Paolo says:
munk24... Don't believe Englishmen want to be lumped in with the Sweaty Socks either.

So if you count the UK as one nation we have 3 events in Scotland, 2 in England and one in Wales, 6 tour events in total. The Irish Open we wouldn't count as a UK event as it'll be in the Republic and not Northern Ireland. So the UK as a whole 6 events sounds ok, well where would you prefer to play, a.) On a wet and windswept British course or b.) and gloriously sunny and warm Iberian course? ... TBC...
12/22/10
 
Paolo says:
...But having said that I can see Westwood's point about the English Open. There is an English Open but it doesn't appear on the European Tour list, The Welsh and Scottish Open do... But there isn't an Northern Irish Open and G-Mac, Rory and Darren Clark are all Northern Irish and they don't have their own event.

So I can only conclude that there aren't enough weekends on the 2011 calendar to stage all of the tournaments which people want. Maybe there should be a rota between the existing Scottish, Welsh and English Open and maybe add a Northern Irish Open to that list?
12/22/10
 
Banker85 says:
shut up westwood, you think your number one and call the shots? suck it
12/22/10
 
munk24 says:
@Paolo You are right, none of them want to be lumped together :) We are the same in the states also, Yankees and Southerners. You know what the difference between a Yankee and a damn Yankee is. Yankees come south and spend their money, damn yankees come south and stay! :)
12/22/10
 
Paolo says:
munk24... oh I know the difference, my other half is a southerner from NC. The South should be a separate country according to her :-)
12/22/10
 
munk24 says:
LOL..
12/22/10
 
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