LEE Westwood is to fly the flag for Close House across the Atlantic next year when he will divide his time between Europe and America.
In May, the world No 3 opened Close House’s Colt course, which for the second season running will stage The Journal Champion of Champions on Sunday, September 9.
Westwood announced he is to rejoin America’s PGA Tour in 2012, which will enable him to compete in The Players Championship at Sawgras.
Westwood did not contest the Players this year due to scheduling complications. He will also try to qualify for the FedEx Cup play-offs for the first time.
“I missed The Players Championship last year when watching it on television,” Westwood (pictured right) said. “It was always a scheduling issue for me.
“Though the rules changed making it exempt from PGA Tour restrictions, I had already set my schedule for later in the year in Asia. I did not want to break any of those commitments.
“It is a great event and one I have always enjoyed playing. It just felt right in Ryder Cup year to commit to a full programme in the United States.
“The FedEx Cup looked pretty good on TV this year. I thought it would be great to give it a go, having never taken part.”
Close House general manager John Glendinning said: “Fantastic – I will be watching the golf from the States looking out for our logo on Lee’s cap!”
Westwood’s first tournament in America will be the Accenture World Match Play in Arizona in February. He is obliged to play a minimum of 15 events in the US.