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Kaymer’s schedule remains unchanged despite losing PGA Tour card

Martin Kaymer didn’t have the best 2015, which culminated in him losing his PGA Tour card after failing to play the required 15 times. However, losing his status on the US circuit hadn’t altered his way of thinking – and Kaymer feels it won’t change this season’s schedule at all.

“My tournaments will be exactly the same,” Kaymer said on Tuesday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. “Last year, I played 13 events because I needed to play one more in order to make it to the FedEx Cup [playoffs]. This year, I will play a maximum of 12 events [on the Tour].”

And Kaymer added that, if everything goes according to plan and he earns a few sponsor exemptions, then he will play a dozen times in the US; including likely starts at the Valspar Championship, RBC Heritage and Wells Fargo Championship.

“It’s not bad for me because now I can focus on the Ryder Cup and the Olympic Games, it’s just a little sad for me,” Kaymer said.

The one big difference between last year and this season is likely to be late in the year when the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played opposite the French Open, which will count as two starts and double the Ryder Cup points for European players.

“We’ll see which one I play, that’s the one we’re all talking about,” he said.

Kaymer refused to be drawn on whether he will take up membership again next season on the PGA Tour, but did add “there’s a good chance” he would rejoin for the 2016-17 season.

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