Kaymer and Hatton pushing for place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team
Two-time Major Champion Martin Kaymer is on the charge to secure a place on the European Ryder Cup Team after his tied seventh finish at the US PGA Championship.
The German, who has represented Europe in the three Ryder Cup competitions since 2010, currently sits outside the automatic qualification spots on both the European Points List and World Points list, but impressive recent form has moved him back into contention.
The 31 year old has finished inside the top seven at five of his last eight events and, although in 12th place on the European Points List, his resurgent form has given European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke a timely reminder of what he is capable of. A solid performance at the Made in Denmark, an event which the German has just confirmed his participation in, would further boost Kaymer’s hopes of appearing in a fourth consecutive Ryder Cup, with the Danish event being the final European qualifying tournament before the Ryder Cup team is finalised.
Tyrrell Hatton meanwhile, who shared fifth place with McIlroy at Royal Troon, is also making his presence felt in the Qualifying race, with the Englishman continuing his fine run of form with a tied tenth finish in the final Major Championship of the season, where the 24 year old carded rounds of 71-68-66-68 for a seven under par total.
Hatton is now 35 points behind compatriot Matthew Fitzpatrick in the European Points List, with Fitzpatrick occupying the final spot in Clarke’s provisional side. Sweden’s Henrik Stenson remains in third place on the European Points List after finishing alongside Kaymer in a tie for seventh place at Baltusrol Golf Club this weekend.
The Open Champion moved ahead of Chris Wood after his victory at The 145th Open Championship last month at Royal Troon, and is behind Rory McIlroy and 2016 Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett. McIlroy overtook Willett after his tied fifth finish at The Open and held on to his spot despite missing the cut at the US PGA Championship. Currently taking the remaining spots in the European Ryder Cup team are Englishmen Justin Rose and Andy Sullivan, in fifth and eighth place respectively on the World Points List, and Spaniards Rafa Cabrera Bello and Sergio Garcia, who occupy sixth and fourth spots on the World Points List.