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Poulter & Westwood taking PGA Tour cards

Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are among Europeans who are planning to take up membership on the PGA Tour next year.

Poulter, known more for his Union Jack pants than anything he did at Oakland Hills, wasn't even aware that his spot on the Ryder Cup team made him eligible for PGA Tour membership.

"It was a nice surprise to happen because that's what I've been working for all year round," Poulter said Tuesday at the Funai Classic at Disney, where he received a foreign exemption. "It will be nice to come over and play as many events as I can. It's the best way to improve my world ranking and better my career."

Westwood didn't take up PGA Tour membership when he won in New Orleans in 1998. Now, he believes playing more in America will help his chances of winning a major.

Both Englishmen work with David Leadbetter and are looking at homes at Lake Nona, Fla., where Leadbetter lives.

"It just works out perfectly that I can fly over in the winter," Poulter said.

Still, the Englishman has no plans to abandon the European Tour, and said he would talk to other Europeans to see how to work out his schedule.

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