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Brandt Snedeker takes his game abroad

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Photo By Donald Miralle

Photo By Donald Miralle

You can add another name to the growing list of young golfers heading abroad to play on the European Tour.

Brandt Snedeker, a Tour mainstay since he qualified via the Nationwide circuit in 2006, will now split his time between the PGA and European Tour this year. To be honest, this isn’t very surprising.

US PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Brandt Snedeker is set to become the latest American player to join the European Tour following the introduction of the lucrative Race to Dubai.

Anthony Kim joined the tour before last November’s HSBC Champions, while fellow Ryder Cup winner Boo Weekley will play at this week’s Qatar Masters after taking up membership last week. Snedeker is now expected to sign before tee-off in Doha tomorrow.

Snedeker, 28, finished third at the Masters and ninth at the US Open last year after winning his maiden Tour title at the Wyndham Championship in 2007. (The Guardian)

Snedeker won’t be the last player to move his game abroad. Judging by the way the financial markets are going right now, it would appear that more and more big names will be making the jump and splitting time. If anything, it gives some of the big names the chance to double their odds of taking home a huge paycheck by winning the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour or the European Tour’s Race for Dubai event.

In a world where money and endorsements are growing smaller and smaller, it comes as no surprise that golfers are taking their games towards new opportunities.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

01/21/2009 at 8:32 pm

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