Donaldson stays in America
Jamie Donaldson has stayed on in America following his top 10 finish at the USPGA Championship and could even end up in Ryder Cup contention.
The Irish Open champion came joint seventh at Kiawah Island and will play the first regular PGA Tour event of his career at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
"I realised when we'd finished that it was a top 10 and I was in," Donaldson said.
"There's nothing in Europe at the moment and it's just another week in the heat on what looks like a great golf course."
The 36-year-old's win at Royal Portrush last month - his first in 255 European Tour starts - has helped him to 21st place on the Ryder Cup table.
Winning this week and then doing it again in next week's Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles could get him into Jose Maria Olazabal's team automatically.
That is asking an awful lot obviously, but Olazabal also has two wild cards to hand out and, with a strong final push, Donaldson would have to be considered a candidate for a side that at the moment does not have a single uncapped player on it.
"Confidence is high, so we're looking for another big week," added Luke Donald's former world amateur championship teammate, who is giving thought to entering the PGA Tour qualifying school at the end of the season.
"There are lots of different things that might happen to make me go or make me not go - we'll wait and see, but that's the plan.
"I'd love to play over here full-time. Life seems pretty easy, the weather is better, there's loads of things that are really great about it.
"Ian Poulter and Justin Rose are sort of good pals of mine, they've been over here for a while and they just rave on about it all the time."
The Ryder Cup is bound to be on the minds of Sergio Garcia and Nicolas Colsaerts as well this week.
They were pushed down to 11th and 12th in the standings by Ian Poulter's third place finish in the last major of the year, but the world ranking points on offer can take them back into an automatic top 10 spot.
Belgian Colsaerts also has Scotland to do it, but Garcia will be left needing a captain's pick if he finishes outside the top three on Sunday as the start of the FedEx Cup play-offs next week does not count for points.
Jason Dufner and US Open champion Webb Simpson are the only two American Ryder Cup qualifiers in the field. Simpson plays the first two rounds with captain Davis Love and Swede Carl Pettersson, who tied for third on Sunday.
England's Paul Casey, meanwhile, makes another attempt to halt a dramatic slump following his dislocated shoulder suffered snowboarding last Christmas.
The former world number three has made only one halfway cut in 2012, is down at 98th in the rankings and last week shot 79-85 to crash out on 20 over par. He is 89 over for the year.