Martin Kaymer
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Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
4
4
5
2
5
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
5
6
4
3
4
5
39
75
2
3
4
4
3
4
4
3
5
5
35
5
3
3
5
4
4
3
5
4
36
71
3
4
5
4
4
4
5
3
4
5
38
4
4
3
4
4
4
3
4
4
34
72
4
4
4
3
3
5
4
3
5
6
37
3
4
3
5
5
4
2
4
5
35
72
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
4
4
5
2
5
4
3
4
5
36
2
3
4
4
3
4
4
3
5
5
35
3
4
5
4
4
4
5
3
4
5
38
4
4
4
3
3
5
4
3
5
6
37
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
5
4
3
5
6
4
3
4
5
39
75
2
5
3
3
5
4
4
3
5
4
36
71
3
4
4
3
4
4
4
3
4
4
34
72
4
3
4
3
5
5
4
2
4
5
35
72
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
0
0
0
1
1
4
Birdies
2
4
2
3
11
26
Pars
11
11
14
9
45
16
Bogeys
5
3
2
5
15
4
Double Bogeys/+
0
0
0
0
0
22
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
34
28
28
28
30
8
Putts per GIR
2
1.7
2
1.64
1.83
7
Greens in regulation
66.67 %
55.56 %
55.56 %
61.11 %
59.72 %
23
Sand Saves
0/0
0/0
1/1
0/0
1/1

Born: 28 December 1984.

Turned pro: 2005.

Country: Germany.

Special interests: Football, basketball, go-karting.

Career highlights: Claimed his second Major in the 2014 US Open, adding to his victory in the 2010 PGA Championship. Won the 2014 Players Championship. In 2010 he earned €4.5-million in prize money over the season, beating the record Lee Westwood set the previous year. In 2007 became the first German to receive the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award on the European Tour. He has been on the winning European Ryder Cup team in 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2012 he holed the putt that ensured Europe would retain the Ryder Cup at Medinah.

2015 highlights: : Ended the Major season well with finishes of tied 12th in both the Open and the PGA Championship. But it hasn’t been the best of years for Kaymer. He threw away a chance to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship when he shot a final round of 75, and then lost a three-shot lead and an eventual playoff in the Open D’Italia. He also lost his playing privileges on the PGA Tour for 2016.

2015 Majors: The Masters - MC. The US Open - MC. The Open - T12. The PGA Championship - T12.

NGC record: Fifth appearance. 2011 - 8. 2012 - 1, 2013 - T16, 2014 - T21.

Story

Martin Kaymer returns to Sun City at the end of what has been a frustrating year for the German. But it has also been a year that has reinforced the unshakable optimism that has become a hallmark of his career.

Twice in 2015 Kaymer let slip golden opportunities to win on the European Tour. In January he led the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Champions by 10 shots with 13 holes to play. Then he quite inexplicably shot a closing 75 to finish third. It was a defeat that shocked Kaymer, but one which he turned into a positive. His reaction to one of the great collapses in the history of golf spoke volumes for the kind of perspective Kaymer brings to the game and his own career.

"It was more important for the future to lose, in order to win more. I don't want to call it a bad experience because it is not a bad experience. It creates a bad result on your scorecard but also reveals a lot of truth about yourself. That we are not machines, that the German engineering doesn't always work. It does work, usually, but once in a while it sticks, too.

"If I had won again ... That would have been good, but I wouldn't have gained much. I would have got a little more money, a few more world ranking points and a beautiful trophy for my house. Instead, I lost a few world ranking points, a trophy and some money. But I can handle all three of these things. It was almost like a life lesson, not only a golf lesson, that I got there. So therefore, I am very glad that it happened."

Then in the Open D'Italia in September, Kaymer lost a three-shot lead and an eventual playoff.

It was another blow in a season where he also lost his playing privileges on the PGA Tour for 2016.

But again, Kaymer has chosen to focus on the positives.

"A positive thing is I can be home more," he said. "I don't need to worry too much, going to America and going back, all of that back and forth. It's less I need to worry about."

This kind of composure in the face of pressure and the challenges of life and golf is what has made Kaymer such a valuable asset in the European Ryder Cup set-up, and which is also reflected in the three winning teams he has been on. None more so than in 2012, when he holed what some might consider the most pressure-filled putt a golfer can face - the one to win his team the Ryder Cup.

Kaymer still refers to his eight-foot putt to seal victory for Europe at Medinah as a gift. "I was given the opportunity to make one of the most pressure filled and memorable putts in the history of our sport. There will never ever be a more important putt in my life."

Kaymer's mental fortitude is incredible for a 30-year-old. And his ability to take his experiences and learn from them is what sets him apart.

When speaking about the slumps some of the top European players go through - including himself - in between Ryder Cups, Kaymer brings his own perspective to this.

"I think it's quite normal. Some players need a lot of time to reflect and really think about what happened and to enjoy the experience of the Ryder Cup."

And in looking at the phenomenal rise of Jordan Spieth, Kaymer speaks from his own experience of struggling to deal with the pressure of becoming world number one in 2011.

"It all comes down to how he can handle the whole situation outside of golf. We don't know how much it can change someone if all of this comes to you when you are 22 years old."

Kaymer is a man who thinks deeply about life and golf, and it reflects his own approach to the peaks and troughs that are part of a golfer's career.

"We all need to give both others and ourselves a bit more space. In today's society we judge everything far too quickly. There is this saying, 'form is temporary, class is permanent'. I would rather subscribe to that idea."

He returns to Sun City as a double Major champion hoping to add a second victory in the Nedbank Golf Challenge to his impressive CV.

In 2012 he beat Charl Schwartzel at the Gary Player Country Club to secure a German double that year, with Bernhard Langer winning the Champions Challenge.

To paraphrase Kaymer, that was a week when there was certainly zero defect in the German engineering.