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Focus On: Martin Kaymer

The highest ranked German golfer on the Tour

Posted Sep 23, 2011 by Chris White

Kaymer became world number one in February

Taking to the golf course at the age of 10, Martin Kaymer began developing what would turn out to be an almost immediately fruitful career in golf, in which he reached the world’s number one spot in February 2011.

Born in Dusseldorf in Germany, Kaymer won his first professional event as an amateur, at the Central German Classic in 2005 aged just 20. He shot a 19-under par 197 to win by five strokes and turned professional later that year.

He joined the European Tour in 2007, making his debut at the UBS Hong Kong Open, but he failed to miss the cut, a run that continued in the next four events before finally making the cut at the Singapore Masters, finishing tied for 20th.

On his return to Europe, he finished third at the Portuguese Open, his best finish of the year, recording five top 10s in the season, earning him the 2007 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award – the first German to do so – and also took him into the world’s top 100, overtaking Bernhard Langer in November that year to become the highest ranked German golfer.

His maiden European Tour victory came in early 2008 at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, lifting him to 34th in the world, and followed that by finishing second at the Dubai Desert Classic, losing out by one stroke. He then won the BMW International Open and lost out in a playoff for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship as his run of form made the rest of the world take note.

He finished third in the Race to Dubai in 2009, and then continued that form into 2010, finishing eighth at the US Open, tied for seventh at The Open and winning the PGA Championship.

Kaymer was then a member of the victorious European Ryder Cup team, winning both of his four-ball matches, halving his foursome match and losing his singles. He then won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship to move up to number three in the world, and shared the 2010 European Tour Golfer of the Year award with Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, who won the US Open.

Finishing second at the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship moved Kaymer above both Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood to become the world’s number one, making him only the second German, after Langer, to achieve the feat. Westwood went back to number one in April 2011 and Kaymer is now ranked number five in the world, behind fellow-Europeans Luke Donald, Westwood, Rory McIlroy and American Steve Stricker.

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