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Sami Välimäki credits DP World Tour strength for helping dual members on PGA TOUR 

Sami Välimäki credits DP World Tour strength for helping dual members on PGA TOUR 

Sami Välimäki says the global nature of the DP World Tour is its strength and enables players to develop a variety of skills which has facilitated his transition to the PGA TOUR.

As part of the Strategic Alliance with the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour, the Finn was one of ten players to earn dual membership status at the end of last season through the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex.

Matthieu Pavon, one of those, has already won so far this season on the PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, while Nicolai Højgaard has impressed with his performances and Robert MacIntyre earned his first top 10 of the season in Mexico. 

Välimäki, a two-time DP World Tour winner, was the latest to shine with a runner-up finish at the Mexico Open at Vidanta on Sunday in only his 11th start on the PGA TOUR.

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Sami Välimäki was attempting to become the first player from Finland to win on the PGA TOUR

Now up to 79th on the Official World Golf Ranking, nearing a return to his career high of 68th, the 25-year-old is relishing the opportunity to further develop his career on both tours.

Asked what the performances of several of the 10 players to gain dual membership status said of the DP World Tour, Välimäki said: “It’s a tough tour. Those 10 guys who graduated from there played a great season, played a lot of good golf at different places around the world.

“They are learning a bit more, different grass types and different cultures.

“It is tough with the travel so I think now when we come here [to the PGA TOUR] we are of course underknown and we can play under the radar, just enjoy the game and shoot low scores.”

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