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German goes birdie crazy to win Champions event

Posted Nov 08, 2011 by Chris White

Martin Kaymer won the 2011 WGC HSBC Champions event

Seemingly out of contention as he approached the tee for his third round, Martin Kaymer was going out to give a good account of himself for the remainder of the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai. However, nine birdies on the final twelve holes saw him finish three shots clear of the field to win the tournament, ahead of long-term leader Fredrik Jacobson.

The Swede started the say one shot clear of the chasing pack on the final day, finished on 17-under, one clear of Graeme McDowell, and the pair were expected to be the main duo to watch on the final day in Shanghai. That was until Kaymer approached the seventh hole.

Birdying every hole from the seventh until the end, except for nine, fourteen and sixteen, the German burst through the field having started five shots back to land his 10th European Tour title in the season-ending event.

McDowell finished on 16-under in third, with compatriot Rory McIlroy tied for fourth on 15-under, alongside Charl Schwartzel and Paul Casey – who threatened to steal the crown himself. The Englishman made five birdies in six holes, and was just one off the lead on the 13th before losing his way in the final third.

McDowell was full of praise for Kaymer, saying that “if he had not skipped the last couple of holes, we might all have had a chance. He’s an unbelievable frontrunner when he gets a sniff of a win. He was just impossible to catch in that mood.”

World number two Lee Westwood was the biggest faller of the final day, starting just four shots back, but a 40 on the turn saw him finish with a 74, down in 13th, and subsequently dropped to number three in the rankings, replaced by McIlroy.

Final Leaderboard:

-20 M Kaymer (Ger), -17 F Jacobsen (Swe), -16 G McDowell (NI), -15 C Schwartzel (SA), P Casey (Eng), R McIlroy (NI), -14 J Rose (Eng), H Mahan (USA), L Oosthuizen (SA).

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