Kaymer stays in as Lawrie wins

 

Golf:German Martin Kaymer today became the 10th man to qualify for Europe’s Ryder Cup team — without hitting a shot on the final day of qualifying. The former world number one controversially chose to miss the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, won by Scotland’s Paul Lawrie, even though his place was under threat.

But Nicolas Colsaerts failed to achieve the top-two finish he needed and must now wait to see if he receives a wild card from captain Jose Maria Olazabal. The 29-year-old Belgian is expected to be picked along with England’s Ian Poulter, who — like four years ago — could have made the team automatically by playing in Scotland.

All it would have taken to overtake Kaymer was a 35th-place finish, but Poulter elected to stay in America. Kaymer has not had a top-10 finish in a tournament since April and has been slowly slipping down the points table, but retains his place in the side.

He joins Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Sergio Garcia and Peter Hanson. Lawrie won by four shots at Gleneagles.

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