After several years of struggle, it was a huge comeback for Martin Kaymer who won his second major event by eight shots over Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton on Friday. During the game, Kaymer’s struggles were back and starker than ever as he missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship and in the process, he lost his PGA Tour card.
He shot a 5-over 75 to move to 1 over for the game and five shots back of the projected cut at 4 under. He will not qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs and will not make the required 15 starts in a season to maintain his Tour card; this is according to the Golf Channel by virtue of that finish. Kaymer has made 14 starts, including the Wyndham Championship and with no wins in five years, he has lost all of his exemptions on Tour and will no longer be a full-time PGA Tour member.
This week he was ranked 97th among the best player in the world. However, he may not receive conditional status from the Tour even if he stays within the top 150 of the world golf rankings. He has gone through many challenges in his career and won a dramatic PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in 2011, where Dustin Johnson now infamously was dealt a two-stroke penalty on the 18th hole for grounding his club on a bunker shot. Kaymer won the event in a playoff over Bubba Watson.
Kaymer continued to play extremely well in the Ryder Cup and more over, he won the aforementioned U.S. Open at Pinehurst. However, in the time between those events, he underwent a series of swing changes to alter his ball flight which took him from being one of the best players in the world to an afterthought.