Kaymer Snubs Seve Trophy, Defends Decision

Martin Kaymer has pulled out of the Seve Trophy next week, adding to the already extensive list of high profile absentees, and has defended his decision to do so.

Kaymer holed the putt which retained the Ryder Cup for Europe in the now dubbed “Miracle at Medinah,” but insisted he could not find the room in his schedule to compete in the match play contest.

Among the absentees also opting to shy away from the competition are Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter.

"I played a lot of tournaments the last few weeks and there are very, very important tournaments coming up," said Kaymer ahead of this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

"If you play too much you enter tournaments at only 80 per cent. For my caddie, the people I work with and myself, it's not fair if you enter tournaments where you can't be your best.

"Seve's name definitely does play a role but unfortunately I never had the pleasure of meeting him.”

The news of the German’s withdrawal will be bittersweet for his supporters, who of course must be happy to hear that he’s working hard to be ready for next year’s major events. However, him not being in the Seve Trophy will sting just that little bit.