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Olazabal: Kaymer up for Ryder Cup fight

ESPN staff
August 27, 2012
Martin Kaymer played at the Ryder Cup in 2010 © Getty Images

Martin Kaymer has reassured captain Jose Maria Olazabal that he is eager to play his part for the European team at the Ryder Cup.

Kaymer's Ryder Cup place was under threat from Nicolas Colsaerts at the Johnnie Walker Championship last week, but the Belgian failed to get the top-two finish he needed to work his way into the team.

Former world No. 1 Kaymer, who has struggled for form in recent months, opted not to tee it up at Gleneagles, leaving his participation at Medinah next month in jeopardy, and prompting speculation he could be lacking for motivation.

But Olazabal, who announced Colsaerts and Ian Poulter as his captain's picks on Monday, is adamant that is not the case.

"I talked to Martin yesterday,'' he said. "We had a chat on the phone. He's been working really hard the last two weeks after the US PGA Championship.

"He's very happy with the work he's put in and the results on the driving range. He's going to play in Holland and Italy and we'll have a pretty good idea on how his game is.

"Don't be mistaken - he wants to be part of that team. He's determined to give his best. He made that point very clear to me yesterday. I don't think I'm going to have any issues regarding Martin.''

World rankings: 1. Rory McIlroy (NIR), 2. Luke Donald (ENG), 3. Tiger Woods (USA), 4. Lee Westwood (ENG), 5. Webb Simpson (USA), 6. Bubba Watson (USA), 7. Jason Dufner (USA), 8. Justin Rose (ENG), 9. Adam Scott (AUS), 10. Steve Stricker (USA), 11. Matt Kuchar (USA), 12. Keegan Bradley (USA), 13. Graeme McDowell (NIR), 14. Sergio Garcia (USA), 15. Zach Johnson (USA), 16. Dustin Johnson (USA), 17. Louis Oosthuizen (SAF), 18. Hunter Mahan (USA), 19. Nick Watney (USA), 20. Brandt Snedeker (USA).

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