Just off winning the European Tour money title, Martin Kaymer has withdrawn from the Chevron World Challenge, hosted by Tiger Woods. The ’10 PGA Champion finished atop the Race to Dubai standings, taking the throne as Europe’s No. 1 (not official world ranking), along with a bonus check of $1.5 million.
Kaymer locked up the title when it became clear that his only challenger Graeme McDowell wasn’t going to finish in the top-three. McDowell shot a final round 68 for a six-under total to tie for 13th with Kaymer and six others at the season-ending Dubai World Championship.
Without stating the reason, Kaymer withdrew from the Chevron on Sunday. It’s been a whirlwind year for the German, who achieved more than he expected in 2010.
“It’s been a fantastic year,” he said. “All of the goals that I set for myself, for my career, everything happened this year. To win the Race to Dubai, No. 1, and to play the Ryder Cup and to win a major.”
The only thing missing? To topple Lee Westwood as No. 1 in the official world rankings.
“If it happens, it happens,” said Kaymer, the current world No. 3. “But if it doesn’t happen, I hope that I will have the chance in a few years again.”
Nick Watney will replace Kaymer in the 18-man field at the Chevron World Challenge. Watney should send Kaymer a thank-you card for the guaranteed payday — the last place finisher earns $150,000.
(AP Photo/Farhad Berahman)