GREENSBORO, N.C. — Martin Kaymer came to North Carolina last week to play in the Wyndham Championship in an attempt to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.
The lucrative $10 million bonus that goes to the winner wasn’t the only draw, though. The Wyndham Championship was Kaymer’s 13th event and he needed 15 to meet his PGA Tour membership requirement.
Had Kaymer, the U.S. Open champion in 2014, 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.
Since he didn’t make the minimum number of starts in 2014-15, Kaymer will not be a Tour member next year. He will not be eligible to earn FedExCup points or participate in the Playoffs.
Kaymer will be able to play a maximum of 12 events as a non-member. And after sitting next season out as a Tour member and U.S Open champion, he can continue as a member in 2016-17 under his multi-year exemption.