Kaymer 'happy and relieved'

German stays away from Gleneagles but still qualifies for Ryder Cup

Last Updated: 26/08/12 6:21pm

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Martin Kaymer: German will make his second Ryder Cup appearance at Medinah

Martin Kaymer: German will make his second Ryder Cup appearance at Medinah

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Martin Kaymer is confident of returning to form in time for the Ryder Cup after clinching the 10th automatic spot in Europe's team despite sitting out the final qualifying event.

With Ian Poulter also absent from the Johnnie Walker Championship - in the Englishman's case to play in the opening FedEx Cup play-off tournament stateside - Nicolas Colsaerts was the only player able to overtake Kaymer at Gleneagles.

The Belgian needed to finish in the top two but managed only a share of 19th, 10 shots behind winner Paul Lawrie.

"I am obviously very happy to be in the team. A little relieved, yes, but overall its a great feeling to be in Jose Maria (Olazabal)'s Ryder Cup team," read a statement from former world number one Kaymer, who has missed the cut in his last two majors.

"I have been struggling with my game for the last few months but since the US PGA I have made a lot of progress with my coach (Gunther Kessler) and had some really good sessions.

"I have started to feel confident with what I am doing again, my fade is coming back and the ball striking is getting better and better."

Olazabal will name his two wild cards for the September 28-30 showdown at Medinah on Monday.

Poulter, a star performer in each of the last two cups, and Colsaerts, who has eight top 10s on the European Tour this season, are expected to be the recipients.

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