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Golf Australia Express : Issue 6
GERMAN ENGINEER: WATCH KAYMER’S PLAYFUL HOLE IN ONE TRAINING CLIPS—EVEN THE GERMANS ARE LAUGHING ABOUT IT. KAYMER WITH HIS EUROPEAN TOUR GOLFER OF THE YEAR AWARD. during last week’s WGC- Bridgestone Invitational. “I’m just trying to bring golf closer to the German people, because it is a great sport and it teaches you a lot of values in life.” If one of those values is winning, then 2010 was a year of life lessons for Kaymer. He had three wins on the European Tour, including the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship over Ian Poulter, the KLM Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. But it was winning his first major— the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits—in an exciting three-hole playoff with American Bubba Watson, that brought him to the attention of golf followers. The PGA win catapulted him to the World No.3 ranking and he went on to share European Tour Golfer of the Year honours with Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell. Turning down a full PGA Tour membership in favour of his more comfortable European Tour schedule this year, Kaymer’s continued success is another example of the emerging strength of the so-called ‘second’ tour. But his biggest spur to promoting golf in his homeland came at the end of February, when he overtook Lee Westwood— albeit briefly—to hold the World No.1 ranking. It was only the second time a German has ever held the top spot, Bernhard Langer being the first. His form his year has been less devastating—just five top 10s from 13 events on the European Tour schedule. And Kaymer’s major performances haven’t been much better: 82nd, 39th and 12th at the Masters, US Open and British Open respectively. The question is, can this refined, well-oiled piece of German machinery blitz the field at Atlanta Athletic this week? OTG CLICK HERE TO SEE MARTIN KAYMER’S 2011 STATS