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Martin Kaymer joins the growing list of stars staying in Europe

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It's a growing story, and an even bigger problem, as another one of the top golfers in the world has decided to stick to Europe in 2011 instead of coming over to the states for competition.

Martin Kaymer, current PGA Champion and third-ranked player in the world, has announced he will be sticking mostly to the European Tour next season instead of focusing his game on the PGA Tour, where he has only the lone win.

The German-born player said he feels more comfortable on the European Tour, and will stay on that side of the pond for most of the year.

Kaymer is the third big-name player to do this, after Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy announced their intent to stick to the European Tour in 2011, with Ian Poulter still threatening to play most of his schedule in Europe. That means four of the top-11 players in the world would be opting out of PGA Tour play, meaning the talent pool that has always swayed the PGA Tour's way is in serious limbo and could eventually lean towards the Euros.

The PGA Tour faces a real problem here, and it seems not a lot are addressing it. While sponsors are slowly making their way back to golf, it seems a tougher sale if most of the top names are competing elsewhere.

The only positive is the buzz that will surround the four major championships. While they're always the best events of the season anyway, having all these names together for just a short list of events means the majors will be all that more exciting.

No matter, in just a few short seasons, with the uprising of talent in Europe, this could be the trend that'll be tough to buck, mostly because everyone enjoys their own bed over a hotel, and being able to play golf near home is just an advantage the PGA Tour won't be able to offer Europeans ... ever.

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