Why Martin Kaymer Has Forfeited His PGA Tour Card

Martin Kaymer of Germany, a two-time major champion and former No. 1 player in the world will not be able to play the 2016/2017 Tour.

The former major champion who came onto the PGA Tour in 2013 has struggled to find good results this season.




As a European, he is entitled to the “home circuit” policy that allows him to play unlimited European Tour events. However, he is required to play a minimum of 15 events on the PGA Tour.

Martin failed to qualify for the playoffs and only managed to make 13 starts. Had Kaymer advanced to the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second of the four Playoffs events, he would have had 15 starts. But Kaymer tied for 14th at the Wyndham Championship and only moved 10 spots to 139th in the FedExCup so he didn’t qualify.

“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. Looking at next season’s schedule, especially with the Olympics and the Ryder Cup, I can cope with this situation.”