Ryder Cup winner Nicolas Colsaerts could secure full-time membership for PGA Tour
Last Updated: 03/10/12 11:06pm
Nicolas Colsaerts could secure full-time PGA Tour membership for next year
European Ryder Cup winner Nicolas Colsaerts could have the opportunity to become a full-time member of America's PGA Tour next year.
The powerful Belgian announced himself to US audiences with a superb display in the Friday fourballs of Europe's dramatic victory at Medinah last week.
The 29-year-old - who is the longest hitter on the European Tour - has now accepted special temporary membership on the PGA Tour for the rest of the season.
That makes him eligible for unlimited sponsor exemptions this year and he has already accepted an invite to play in next week's Frys.com Open in California.
As a temporary member of the PGA Tour, Colsaerts would be required to finish in the top 125 of the US money-list to secure full-time playing privileges in the States next year.
On Tuesday, the PGA Tour announced he had currently earned $494,386 in sanctioned events - which includes top-10s at The Open and the Wyndham Championship - leaving him around $100,000 adrift of the player at number 125 in the money-list.
However, officials have now announced that they neglected to factor in his performances at World Golf Championship events.
Those extra earnings lift the Belgian's total to $652,886, which would currently place him at 119 in the money-list, meaning that a good result at the Frys.com Open could leave him with the option of playing full-time on the PGA Tour in 2013.