Loss of PGA Tour card won't affect Kaymer's schedule


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – At the time it seemed like a missed opportunity for Martin Kaymer, a poor year on the course in America that led to the German failing to play his required 15 times on the PGA Tour.

As a result, Kaymer lost his status on the U.S. circuit this season, but it turns out it won’t make that much of a difference.

“My tournaments will be exactly the same,” he said on Tuesday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. “Last year, I played 13 events because I needed to play one more in order to make it to the FedEx Cup [playoffs]. This year, I will play a maximum of 12 events [on the Tour].”

Kaymer said if everything goes according to plan and he is granted a few sponsor exemptions he will play a dozen times in the U.S., including likely starts at the Valspar Championship, RBC Heritage and Wells Fargo Championship.

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Added to the majors, World Golf Championships and The Players, which he is automatically qualified for via his world ranking (30th), Kaymer will virtually play a full schedule in the U.S. as well as on the European Tour.

“It’s not bad for me because now I can focus on the Ryder Cup and the Olympic Games, it’s just a little sad for me,” Kaymer said.

The biggest difference between last year and this season will likely be late in the year when the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played opposite the French Open, which will count as two starts and double the Ryder Cup points for European players.

“We’ll see which one I play, that’s the one we’re all talking about,” he said.

Kaymer also said he’s unsure if he will take up membership again next season on the PGA Tour, but he added “there’s a good chance” he would rejoin for the 2016-17 season.