GOLF: Relieved Kaymer desperate to rediscover top form in Ryder Cup

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MARTIN Kaymer hung on to his place in Europe’s Ryder Cup side and promised: “I will be ready.”

The German has not had a top 10 finish since April and did not play in the Johnnie Walker Championship, the final qualifying event, even though he could have been left needing a wild card.

Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts failed to achieve a top two finish, however, and Kaymer will therefore win his second cap in Chicago next month.

“I am obviously very happy. A little relieved yes, but overall it is just a great feeling,” he said. “I’ve been struggling for the last few months, but since the USPGA I have made a lot of progress.

“I am starting to feel confidence again, my fade is coming back and the ball-striking is getting better and better.

“You can feel the build-up to the Ryder Cyp and that is inspiring me to work harder than ever to get ready.

“The best way I can help the team is to get my own game back to a level where I am happy.

“There was a point where I thought I might not be able to help the team, but I have all the motivation now and I will be ready.”

Paul Lawrie, meanwhile, secured his second title of the season with victory in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

The Scot, who won in Qatar in February, celebrated his Ryder Cup return with a four-stroke win over Australian Brett Rumford.

The 43-year-old led overnight and shot 68 for his eighth European Tour title.

European Ryder Cup skipper Jose Maria Olazabal will name his two captain’s picks this lunchtime.