Carl Pettersson joins European Tour in hopes of Ryder Cup nod

Carl Pettersson joins European Tour in hopes of Ryder Cup nod

Carl Pettersson could very well have been on the victorious 2012 Ryder Cup team except for one small hitch: He wasn't a member of the European Tour.

Pettersson is not making the same mistake in the lead-up to the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. The Swede announced this week he has joined the European Tour in hopes of earning enough points to make Paul McGinley's team on merit or garner a captain's pick.

To maintain Euro Tour membership, Pettersson will have to play 13 events on the circuit both this year and next. Holding only PGA Tour membership last go-round precluded him from earning points or being selected for the team.

“It was a bit of an unfortunate thing last year but I don’t really regret or thing back on anything like that," Pettersson said.

The self-described redneck admitted it will be a challenge to balance his loaded PGA Tour schedule with the Euro Tour's requirements.

"It will be a challenge because I do play quite a bit on the U.S., about 28 events, so it will be a busy couple of years but I'm going to give it a shot anyway," he said.

Pettersson, who played his collegiate golf at N.C. State, holds dual citizenship in Sweden and the United States. He has five PGA Tour wins, but just one top-10 finish in 13 starts this season.