McDowell: PGA Tour over Ryder Cup

Graeme McDowell says he will focus on the PGA Tour over Ryder Cup qualification in the upcoming year.

The Northern Irishman is losing his PGA Tour card at the end of the season, and his number one priority will be earning it back.

That could interfere with his playing schedule in Europe, which is a crucial part of ensuring he is eligible for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.

“My playing privileges on this side of the Atlantic are more important to me than my playing privileges on the European Tour, simply because when you boil it all down and look at it from a purely monetary point of view, I want to be employed in the best possible job I can,” McDowell said.

“The European Tour means a lot to me. I’m very proud of it, I’m very loyal to it. The Ryder Cup is really important to me. But making a living is what it’s all about.”

Rumours suggest that new European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley is considering lowering the number of events European Ryder Cup hopefuls must compete in, however, which might make life easier for McDowell going forward.