Kaymer honest about season
Martin Kaymer has won more than £500,000 on the European Tour this season, but admits 2013 has not lived up to his own expectations.
Kaymer, whose victory over Steve Stricker ensured Europe would retain the Ryder Cup last year, was ranked world number one for eight weeks in 2011 after winning four times in 2010, including his first major title in the US PGA Championship.
The 28-year-old claimed two more victories in 2011 but has not won on the European Tour since and has slipped to 42nd in the world rankings as he tries to win a second Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland this week.
Asked to sum up a season in which his best performance in the four majors was a tie for 32nd in the Open at Muirfield, Kaymer said: "Bad. Not good.
"People obviously want to be very kind to me and say it was a fairly average season; it was not a good season. We can be honest about that. I had a few good finishes, a few top-10s here and there but I think the standard has to be higher than top- 10s, especially if you have won a major and been number one in the world.
"Since I became professional everything was going my way, but I've said before that this season golfing-wise it has not been my best. But I learned a lot so for myself it was still a very good season, probably the best season off the course that I had.
"I don't want to get too much into details, but I have grown more as a person."
Kaymer can almost double his season's earnings with the first prize of £495,000 on offer for the winner of the pro-am event staged over the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.
But that has not been enough to attract many of Europe's star players who have been playing for the £6.2million bonus available for winning the FedEX Cup on the PGA Tour in America, a massive jackpot won by Sweden's Henrik Stenson on Sunday.
"I would have thought you would have got the likes of (Lee) Westwood coming back here, but our schedules are so full, you can't always fit in all the events," defending champion Branden Grace said.
"For me this is one of the events of the year that I really want to play, even though this year is a tough one with the Presidents Cup (in Ohio) next week."