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November 20 2012

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Five internationals join TOUR for 2013

By PGATOUR.COM staff

Five top international players will be joining the PGA TOUR for the 2013 season after playing as non-members in prior seasons.

Japan's Ryo Ishikawa, Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts, Sweden's Peter Hanson and England's David Lynn have committed to the TOUR next year after qualifying through the top 125 non-member money list.

In addition, Germany’s Martin Kaymer is joining the TOUR through his five-year exemption as the 2010 PGA Championship winner.

Colsaerts, Hanson, Kaymer and Lynn will be considered PGA TOUR rookies in 2013. Ishikawa’s 2012 season is considered his rookie season as he played in more than 10 events after joining the TOUR as a Special Temporary Member on March 19.

Here’s a quick look at each player:

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NICOLAS COLSAERTS
Belgium
Has made 11 starts on the PGA TOUR, nine in 2012. Has two top-10 finishes. Leads European Tour in driving distance
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PETER HANSON
Sweden
Has made 45 starts on the PGA TOUR, 11 in 2012. Has seven top-10 finishes. Tied for third at this year’s Masters
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RYO ISHIKAWA
Japan
Has made 44 starts on the PGA TOUR, 18 in 2012. Best finish on TOUR was second this year at Puerto Rico Open
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MARTIN KAYMER
Germany
Has made 47 starts on the PGA TOUR, eight in 2012. Has two wins – 2010 PGA, 2011 WGC-HSBC Champions
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DAVID LYNN
England
Has made two starts on the PGA TOUR. Finished second at the PGA Championship
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