• European Tour

Donald & Casey call for more English events

ESPN staff
May 22, 2012
Luke Donald was a winner at Wentworth last year © Getty Images

World No. 2 Luke Donald has bemoaned the lack of English events on the European Tour ahead of this week's BMW PGA Championship.

The Wentworth tournament, which begins on Thursday, is the only regular European Tour event on English soil this season.

That fact is a curious one, considering Donald and Lee Westwood, both of England, occupy two of the top three positions in the world rankings - and between them, at one point or other, they have managed 67 weeks as world No. 1.

And Donald, who spends most of his time on the PGA Tour, has said he would be all too happy to find space in his calendar if more competitions were hosted in England.

"This is a great opportunity when you look at the world rankings at the moment," Donald said to the Telegraph. "This is the time to cultivate more interest. We've got great golfing ambassadors and need another event in England that can inspire the younger generation.

"We're about to lose TV viewers whose parents don't have Sky, with the BBC dropping out from golf, so we need more events in England full stop. I'd be happy to lend my name and time and help promote golf more in England."

Former world No. 3 Paul Casey has also thrown his weight behind the proposals."If we started another event in England, featuring Lee, Luke, Ian [Poulter], Justin [Rose], etc, wouldn't that have great appeal?" Casey said.

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