Tuesday Nov. 4, 2008
SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- It might not happen this year, but Phil Mickelson isn't ruling out the possibility of joining the European Tour sometime in the future.
If he does, it's because he sees the game's future in growth outside the United States. Mickelson is in China to defend his HSBC Champions title at a tournament that's being billed as "Asia's major."
There's a $5 million purse and the field includes the second-ranked Mickelson, British Open and PGA winner Padraig Harrington, and Masters champion Trevor Immelman. Sergio Garcia, Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas, Robert Karlsson, K.J. Choi and Adam Scott are also in the field.
The tournament is the first of the 2009 European Tour season, which culminates with the inaugural Dubai World Championship and its $10 million in prize money.
Beginning this season, the European Tour will require members to
play 12 events. That's up from 11. The four major championships and
three World Golf Championships -- six of which are held in the
United States -- count toward the 12.
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