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European Stars move to PGA Tour for 2013

Two more big names from Europe have moved across the Atlantic to take a renewed focus on the PGA Tour, with the news that Ryder Cup stars Martin Kaymer of Germany and Belgium's Thomas Colsaerts will take up PGA membership in January.

In addition Swede Peter Hanson will join the duo as rookies for 2013. Kaymer qualifies due to his PGA Championship victory in 2010, while both Colsaerts and Hanson have 2012 non-members earnings higher than No.125 on this year's money list.

"The thing that attracts me the most is the courses," said Colsaerts. "I think they probably fit my game a little better week in, week out than the ones we play in Europe. So many of the best players in the world play in America and financially, of course, it is a bigger tour.

"I have played in Europe for 12 years now and have been full-time at that for seven years. So I have played out here for a long time. I feel like now is a good time for me to go and try something new."

This season has been immensely successfully for the 30-year-old. Along with his key role in Europe's Miracle at Medinah performance in the Ryder Cup, Colsaerts have moved from No72 at the start of year up to No34 and has earned over £1.3m in prize money from European events alone this year.

"It means that I have been going in the right direction," added Colsaerts of his stateside move. "Playing on the PGA Tour is a big step in a golfer's career. As soon as I heard I had the possibility of playing over there – while still playing in Europe, of course, I will still play a few weeks here – it was something I wanted to do.

"Playing in America is always something I have quite enjoyed, especially over the last year and a half. I'm am going to try and make the most of it now."

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