Martin Kaymer calls for European Tour calendar change

Phil Casey 09:41 20/05/2015
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World No18 Martin Kaymer.

US Open champion Martin Kaymer would like to see the European Tour’s flagship event take place later in the year to provide better conditions at Wentworth.

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Kaymer believes moving the BMW PGA Championship back a few weeks would make a big difference to the quality of the greens, although finding a place in a packed schedule could prove difficult.

“Because it’s the most important tournament that we play on the European Tour, I would like to see this played later in the year,” said Kaymer, who is joined by Ryder Cup team-mates Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher in the field for the event.

“The only thing that the tournament struggles with is the greens. It’s very difficult for the greenkeeper to make them as good as they can be. And talking to a few members, they said if you come here in six weeks, the greens are perfect.”

That would place the tournament in between the US Open and Open Championship and Kaymer added: “Yeah, I think it’s going to be difficult but for such a big event, you should get the best date, and for us players, it would be even more fun to play that golf course.”

Kaymer has not played in a regular European Tour event since finishing fourth in Dubai at the end of January, while his last appearance in Britain came at the Alfred Dunhill Championship last October.

“It’s been a long time,” he said. “When you play on both tours, the big events, they are in America when it comes down to world ranking points and status. Therefore it’s even nicer to come back here feeling really like home. Even though it’s not my home, it does feel like a most comfortable place.”

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