Jun 16 2014, 8:22am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Martin Kaymer ensured that in the last round at the US Open, he would be the champion and winner. As a fully-fledged adult, Kaymer hails from Germany. And he leads on in the tradition of the Europeans who have been winning at golf in recent times.
It had been a rough week of putting and finally he made it to an eight-stroke victory. Kaymer has been a PGA champion since the past four years or so. And he is the first German to have won the US Open.
This makes him equal in rank to the likes of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino. He got accolades on his completion of the overall course.
He later on confessed that it was a good thing that he didn’t commit too many blunders along the way. The style of delivery and supporting play that helped him earn his later laurels were simply impeccable.
He saw the conditions and knew by instinct that they might prove favorable to victory in the end. So he played his cards (or golf balls) right and soon enough things worked out well for Kaymer.
Kaymer also stayed put in his place. He never wandered off track and that was an asset in his line of work. And he also compensated for any errors of glitches along the way. This paid off in a big way and the odds came out even in the end.
“I didn't make many mistakes,” said Kaymer. “The last two wins that I had in America, especially this week, I played very solid the first two days and that gave me a very nice cushion for the weekend. But to shoot only 1 over par [at] Pinehurst on Saturday and Sunday is good. The way I played I was very happy, the way I kept it together yesterday. And that gave me a good cushion for today.”
Another champ, Keegan Bradley has termed him naturally tough to begin with. And Keegan also spoke how he was pretty good at his game. The entire people of Germany are mighty proud of Kaymer for his performance on the golf links.
“He's a guy that is really tough,” said Keegan Bradley, the 2011 PGA champion who also played with Kaymer the first two rounds. “If you got him in a Ryder Cup match or coming down the end of a tournament, he's probably a guy you would rather not face. He's tough and he's very, very good.”
“He kind of killed the event in the first two days,” said Henrik Stenson of Sweden. “And then it was more a question of if he would keep it under control. He held everyone off and then went out and played a solid round today. So very impressive and a very deserving champion.”
He has done well and shown the world what he has in the way of some serious talent and killer skills. Now no one can defy Kaymer since he will be a crowd favorite at future events. The man has the finesse, poise and balance of a gold weighing machine.
“We have almost a German gland slam,” said Kaymer. “Winning the PGA [and] winning this one now, I hope it will make Bernhard proud. I'm sure it will make all Germany proud. It's nice that I could win [The Players Championship] on Mother's Day. Our Father's Day was already a couple of weeks ago in Germany, but I didn't get anything for my father that day, so maybe that works.”
Kaymer can hit that golf ball with each swing with such a passion and panache that it goes straight into or near the hole. And many times he has also hit a hole in one. Two cheers for the chap!
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