Martin Kaymer has been forced to withdraw from LIV Golf's season-ending $50m team championship in Miami at Trump National Doral.
LIV Golf confirmed the news via their social media channels. The German has suffered a wrist injury.
Kaymer, 37, a former World No.1 and two-time major winner, is the team captain of the Cleeks GC side.
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The winning team this week will split $16m. The favourites to do so are Dustin Johnson's 4 Aces side, who have dominated the team element in LIV's inaugural $255m season.
Kaymer has been replaced in the field by Shergo Al Kurdi. Graeme McDowell, Laurie Canter and Richard Bland are also in Cleeks side.
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Have been told Shergo will remain in captain's playing role for duration of #LIVGolfMiami— Mike McAllister (@thegolfeditor) October 27, 2022
That means if Cleeks advance to Saturday, he'll play opposing team's captain.
And if Cleeks advance to Sunday, he'd be paired with another captain.
Reminder: He turned 19 last month. https://t.co/xI1wTjBywH
The German has been praised for appearing level-headed with his approach to joining LIV Golf.
When he joined the LIV Golf Tour, he told Sky Sports:
Kaymer later decided not to take part in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on the DP World Tour.
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It was an event that he would have usually participated in but he said he did not want to play where he was not wanted.
Of that decision, he said:
Just this week Sergio Garcia - who will also be competing at LIV Golf Miami as the Fireballs GC captain - opened up on his withdrawal from the same tournament Kaymer decided to skip.
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