Kaymer failed to advance to the FedEx Cup Playoffs and finished the year with just 13 starts.
Although he won last year’s U.S. Open and Players Championship the German will not be eligible for full status until the 2016-17 season under Tour regulations.
“Gaining full eligibility to play on both Tours – the PGA Tour and the European Tour – is a challenge,” Kaymer said in a statement. “When coordinating my 2014-15 schedule I was forced to plan with a certain degree of risk. Unfortunately I have not been able to reach my goals on the PGA Tour for this season. I certainly accept and acknowledge the regulations of the PGA Tour.”
Kaymer holds dual membership on the PGA and European Tours and claims the European Tour as his “home circuit,” which under Tour rules allows him to play events on that tour without being granted a competing event release.
“The home circuit rule is in place to help guys support the home tour, but we feel it is reasonable to ask them to play at least 15 events on the PGA Tour,” said Andy Pazder, an executive vice president and chief of operations for the Tour.
Kaymer will not be able to gain special temporary status next year even if he were to win and will not be eligible for the playoffs nor can he participate in the Tour’s pension fund.
Similarly, France’s Victor Dubuisson played just 10 events this season, failed to reach the playoffs and will not be able to regain his status for next season.
In 2012, Henrik Stenson was in a similar situation when he failed to advance past the first playoff event, but the Swede added two fall tournaments to meet his 15-event minimum. Because of the Tour’s split schedule, that is not an option for Kaymer and Dubuisson this year.
“Yes, of course you have to guard against it,” said Paul Casey, who gave up his European Tour membership this year. “That’s part of the reason why I thought I couldn’t do both [tours] anymore. You had to plan for the worst-case scenario, which is 13 and 15 events. That’s too many for me.”