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Golf Australia Express : Issue 6
Despite reaching the heights of golf at just 25 with a major win and a World No.1 ranking, Germany’s Martin Kaymer had a trickier time getting the focus of his nation’s people. But the PGA champ has found a clever way to make golf seem more fun and appealing. PLAYER THE PUT YOUR HANS TOGETHER The PGA Championship Defender is Back YOU’D BE forgiven for thinking Martin Kaymer was just another boring golfer. So much about the defending PGA Championship winner screams German efficiency: a robotic, almost perfect swing; a focused on-course demeanour, and consistently pretty non-descript attire including wearing more skivvies than any man should admit to owning. But there’s a lot more to this 26-year-old from Dusseldorf than many of us gave credit. And Kaymer wants the world to know it. Hailing from a nation that pays little attention to golf, Kaymer has been actively promoting his sport to the football-mad country. How has he done it? Well, somewhat ironically, Kaymer has used humour to promote golf in Germany. (And no, he doesn’t mention the war.) Recently releasing a string of “Hole In One Training” clips on the net, Kaymer—with a little help from the digital world—has shown he’s far from a sour Kraut. With the rapid expansion of this golf revolution highlighting how you can have fun and still play golf (who’d have thunk it?), the current World No. 3 threatens to do for German golf what Boris Becker did for tennis. And he’s not even a ginger ninja. “I’m OK with that,” Kaymer said “I’M JUST TRYING TO BRING GOLF CLOSER TO THE GERMAN PEOPLE, BECAUSE IT IS A GREAT SPORT AND IT TEACHES YOUALOTOF VALUES IN LIFE. ”