Martin Kaymer is taking an educated gamble in not playing this week at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
The former world No. 1 could lose his spot in the top 10 automatic qualifiers for the European Ryder Cup team if Beglian Nicolas Colsaerts finishes better than a three-way tie for second int he final event to earn points toward making the Medinah-bound team.
Kaymer, who has struggled mightily since deciding to work a draw into his golf swing, apprised captain Jose Maria Olazabal of his decision.
"Martin's been in a bit of a slump as we all know, but he is comfortable with where he is heading and he wants to be at the Ryder Cup," Kaymer's manager Johan Elliot said, according to Sky Sports. "There's no doubt about that. He decided to stick to his schedule rather than play this week and he's spoken to Jose Maria about it."
Elliot admitted the swing change has hampered Kaymer's game, leaving him in position to miss making his second Ryder Cup appearance.
"It goes back to the whole debate about hitting a fade and a draw," he said. "He reached number one with one of the world's best fades, but wanted to be able to hit a draw and we all now know it went overboard."