HILVERSUM, Netherlands (AP) PGA champion Martin Kaymer has a chance to move further ahead in the European money list when the Dutch Open starts on Thursday.
Main rivals Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood are skipping the tournament.
Kaymer will be playing for the first time since going to the top of the Race to Dubai by winning his first major last month.
He is $255,000 in front of McDowell, the U.S. Open champion, and $548,000 ahead of Westwood.
McDowell is taking an extended break ahead of the Ryder Cup next month. Westwood is still recovering from the calf and ankle injuries that forced him to withdraw from the Bridgestone Invitational.