CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The 2014 Players champion will be at TPC Sawgrass next week, but Martin Kaymer’s cameos in the United States will be rare for the remainder of 2016.
Kaymer, who lost his PGA Tour membership last year because he didn’t play in the minimum number of events (15), played his final “regular” Tour event of 2016 at the Wells Fargo Championship and will limit his schedule in the U.S. to next week’s Players, the U.S. Open, PGA Championship and, he hopes, the Ryder Cup.
“There are big, big tournaments in Europe now,” he said this week at Quail Hollow. “Now we have the Irish Open, Wentworth [BMW PGA Championship], French [Open], Scottish [Open], Open, so I won’t be back for any more regular events.”
Kaymer, who played in just 13 events last year after missing the FedEx Cup playoffs to lose his Tour membership, said he still has a residence in Scottsdale, Ariz., but he remained aloof when asked his plans for rejoining the Tour next season.
“I don’t know. For this year it was the best time to be suspended with the Olympics and everything,” he said. “Once The Players is done it’s very easy for me travelling because I don’t have to worry about those 15 events. I can stick to the European Tour and focus on the Ryder Cup.”
Kaymer currently isn’t qualified for the European Ryder Cup team, but his spot on Germany’s Olympic team is virtually assured.