Distinctive and dominant. That's how the Camelback Mountain in Arizona's Sonoran Desert is described. It's also an apt description for German golfer Martin Kaymer, who has recently taken to running up the mountain as he attempts to reach the peak of his game on the PGA Tour.
"It's like therapy for me," Kaymer says of his new hobby. "It's so calming when you're on top of the mountain. My mind is about golf. This is my passion, what I like to do, so I don't really want to forget about it. But I've grown a lot as a person over the last two years. And being here more often means I get to know myself a lot more, what I want, and what makes me happy."
Kaymer took up fulltime membership of the PGA Tour in 2013 and has based himself in the popular golfer's enclave of Scottsdale, Arizona. And he's still in the process of finding his place on the PGA Tour.
But his history in the game suggests that when he does, he'll be unstoppable. After all, he missed the cut in six of his first seven tournaments during his rookie season on the European Tour in 2007. It started to turn for him in October of that year, when he finished seventh in the Portugal Masters, including a first round of 61, and then sixth in the Volvo Masters. He retained his card and became the first German to win the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award.
In 2008 Kaymer finished second behind Tiger Woods in the Dubai Desert Classic, and the golf world knew it had a new star on its hands. Kaymer won twice on the European Tour in 2008 and 2009.
In 2010, he made the step up to major champion when he won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, becoming only the second German after Bernhard Langer to win a major. The next year saw him climb to number one in the world, again following Langer to this accolade.
But arguably the greatest moment in Kaymer's career to date came at Medinah in the 2012 Ryder Cup. The affable German stared down an eight-foot putt that would ensure Europe retained the Cup.
Of course, memories of the putt his countryman Langer had missed in the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island that cost Europe victory came flooding into his mind.
"I said to myself, There's no second doubt. Inside right, step up, make it."
"There will never ever be a more important putt in my life."
Some would argue the first putt a 10-year-old Kaymer hit at the Mettmann Golf Club across the road from his home near Dusseldorf might rival it in importance, as it sparked one of the greatest talents in the modern game.