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Battle-hardened Kaymer revved up for Ryder Cup showdown

Martin Kaymer isn’t resting on his laurels when it comes to claiming a spot at the Ryder Cup, knowing he will need to battle hard if he’s to retain the excellent form which saw him victorious at the Players Championship.

The former world number one stomped out his PGA drought with a tense win at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday and moved into an automatic qualifying spot for the Ryder Cup later this year.

However, the German knows that right now he’s just sneaking in and a lot more work is still to be done if he’s to be named in the team over the next few months. A couple of poor showings and he could be watching the event from home.

Kaymer met with Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley following his wire-to-wire victory on Sunday and says there’s still a lot of hard graft left to do before he can relax.

"I got a text from Paul and met him and my caddie at the bar and we had one or two drinks and talked about the Ryder Cup," Kaymer revealed.

"We talked about picks, how the team could look, the course, preparation towards Gleneagles - just some regular stuff to catch up. Paul and me don't really know each other that well. I think we may have played once or twice together but that was three or four years ago.

"It was a very nice evening. He said he knows how it is when you've won a tournament and you come back to your room and it feels a little bit lonely because everyone has left and you are actually ready to have a drink and let it sink in - not so much partying, just relax and talk to someone about it and it was very nice."

Kaymer was asked whether he had discussed who he would like to play with in September. He said: "It's very early. First I need to make the team, I'm just in right now.

"It's still a long way to go because starting with the US Open it's going to be big tournaments and there are some names like Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell not in the team now but are going to fight a lot so I can drop out easily. It would not be right to think I'm in the team already."