"I haven’t got that much time left at the top and I want to give myself the best chance of staying there as long as I can,” he said.
Westwood currently resides in Nottinghamshire—outside of London. The English weather does not permit him to practice as often as he wants, he said.
He accepted PGA Tour membership this year in an attempt to increase his chances of winning a major and to qualify for the lucrative FedEx Cup Playoffs.
PGA members are required to play in a minimum of 15 PGA sanctioned events annually.
To play a full schedule in the U. S., and also play a few European Tour events, presents a very demanding travel schedule.
Other European Tour players who play on the PGA Tour and have taken residence in America include Luke Donald, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy—just to name a few.
Westwood has played in 64 major tournaments and has had eight top 10 finishes in the last 14 majors.
He has been a European Tour standout and a leader on the European Ryder Cup Team for many years.
He has won the European Order of Merit twice and has been the European Tour’s Golfer of the Year on three occasions.
It’s time for Westwood to win a major or two and become a certain World Golf Hall of Fame candidate.