Martin Kaymer said he has received a special exemption to retain his PGA Tour status for the 2018-19 season despite playing in only 11 tournaments last season.

The former No. 1-ranked player in the world battled a right wrist injury during the 2017-18 season and has dropped to No. 150 in the world. However, this will be Kaymer's last season playing on the PGA Tour under the exemption he received for winning the 2014 U.S. Open.

"I got a special exemption because I was injured for quite some time," Kaymer, 33, told Golf Channel. "With the way the two schedules are working out, I'm very, very glad the commissioner gave me that exemption."

Kaymer also lost his card after the 2015-16 season.

However, the German is confident he will be able to maintain it this time with both the PGA and European Tours transitioning to schedules with fewer overlaps for their biggest tournaments.

Kaymer plans to begin his PGA Tour season at the Waste Management Phoenix Open the first weekend in February. He is coming off a tie for fifth at last week's Turkish Airlines Open, which moved him up 13 spots from No. 163. Kaymer began 2018 at No. 72.

--Field Level Media

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