European's out of Ryder Cup
Sweden's Jesper Parnevik and Luke Donald of Britain say they cannot compete in the requisite 11 tournaments in a year and as a result will forgo their European Tour memberships.
The decisions made by the two PGA Tour regulars means they are unlikely to play for Europe against the U.S. at the Ryder Cup in Detroit in September.
"They have this 11-tournament rule this year and there's no way I can (play), even if I went over after the U.S. Open (in June) and played three months straight, it would still be too tough a schedule," Parnevik told reporters on Friday.
"I was actually going to try to cut down my schedule because I played so much last year and didn't really want to beat myself up for maybe getting in the Ryder Cup."
Parnevik, 39, has been a mainstay of the European side that has won three of the last four matches against the U.S.
World No. 85 Donald, 26, has never played in the Ryder Cup and has rarely appeared in a European Tour competition, last year he only played in the British Open and Volvo PGA Championship.
But the Englishman wanted to keep his card and have a chance to qualify for the team event.
"I'm in exactly the same boat as he (Parnevik) is," Donald said. "I'd love to play in a Ryder Cup but if I'm not in the top 50 in the world rankings, there's no way I can even think about playing 11 events in Europe."
A captain's pick in 2002, Parnevik's game has deteriorated. He finished 63rd on the PGA Tour money list in 2002 before falling to 118th last year.
The Swede is 118th in the world rankings. At the start of this season Parnevik was number 197, which meant he lost his exemptions for the four majors and the three world golf championships, all of which count as European qualifying events.
Parnevik and Donald have talked to European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer about the situation and while the German is sympathetic, he is powerless to act.
"He (Langer) is disappointed he can't pick the team he wants," Parnevik said. "You could have guys that could actually win five times from here (the U.S.) through the rest of the year and still not make it."
Sergio Garcia, who also plays much of his golf in the U.S., has partnered Parnevik in the last two Ryder Cups and while the Spaniard has not had a problem keeping his European Tour card, he is disappointed the Swede will be out of the team.
"The only thing I can think of is it's a shame, it really is, because he really is a guy that helps us a lot in the Ryder Cup," Garcia said.
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