Star wars: PGA Tour moving ahead of European circuit in effort to secure top players

The European Tour has no problem producing star players. It's keeping them that's the challenge.

Several players from Europe's Ryder Cup-winning team this year already spend much of their time in the United States and the list is growing.

Lee Westwood has moved from England to Florida. Big-hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts told The Associated Press that he will cut his European Tour tournaments from more than 33 in 2012 to the minimum 13 next year so he can play a full schedule on the PGA Tour.

Colsaerts says, "It's a stronger tour and you have the best players in America."

Ryder Cup stars Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell are already based in the United States. It all comes down to more money and less travel.