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US based Europeans may miss Ryder Cup spots

Luke Donald, one of the promising young players from Europe, is not expected to make himself available for this year's Ryder Cup.

Donald, Jesper Parnevik and other PGA Tour-based Europeans have been asked by the European Tour to declare which 11 events they intend to play this season to remain members of the circuit.

Like Parnevik, Donald appeared in only four last season. If they decide not to commit to 11, they will not be considered for the Ryder Cup, even as wild cards.

"It's a tricky one for me," said Donald, who is in Georgia for the PGA Tour's BellSouth Classic.

"There's no doubt I would love to play in the Ryder Cup, but I've made my home in the States now and I don't think it would make sense to uproot myself and return to Europe just so that I can play the 11."

Donald, who in February lost a playoff to John Daly at the Buick Invitational, failed to qualify for next week's Masters, which counts for both tours.

The 26-year-old Englishman who won the 1999 NCAA title at Northwestern, isn't exempt for the other three majors this season or for the World Golf Championship events, even though he is 30th on the PGA Tour money list with more than $600,000.

He is 16th on the Ryder Cup points list.

Parnevik, of Sweden, is 27th on the money list, but his chances of a fourth straight Ryder Cup appearance already have suffered.

His failure to play 11 events last season meant he did not collect any qualifying points until the start of 2004.

Parnevik has had three recent top-seven finishes and is 17th on the Ryder Cup points list, but would have been 11th had he earned points since qualifying began last September.

Both could schedule to play 11 events to remain eligible for the Ryder Cup, which will be held at Oakland Hills in September, and not play them, but that would run the risk of a two-year suspension from the European Tour.

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