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Kaymer takes over at the top

German star is new world number one

Posted Mar 01, 2011 by Jeff Dawson

Martin Kaymer

Martin Kaymer may not have won the WGC-Accenture Match Play event, losing out to Luke Donald 3&2, but that isn’t important. You may think that’s a bizarre statement given the significance of the event and the money involved and I’m sure Kaymer would have been going out all guns blazing but he achieved all he needed to achieve at the weekend. And that was to become the new world number one, replacing Lee Westwood at the top of the rankings.
The 25-year-old German is fast becoming the new Tiger Woods of the sport, although I think he will never reach those dizzy heights. Known as the ‘Iceman’ on the Tour, Kaymer has this knack of putting himself in contention and then blitzing his opponents. He never appears fazed and he always seems in control.
Now that may not make the most entertaining golf, but it makes winning golf and allows him to take control of the sport’s top events.
Kaymer was pretty much an unknown quantity before he started shooting up the rankings over the past 18 months to two years and that culminated in success at the USPGA Championship last year where he scored his first major trophy. He then enjoyed success with the European Ryder Cup team before finishing the season by topping the European money list. Not sat top of the professional pile, what does the future hold for him?
Well I believe we will see him win another major this year and he will most certainly be the player to beat in the Race to Dubai once again. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him top the leaderboard in several competitions throughout the 2011 season.
Saying all of this, however, I do believe it is getting tighter at the top of golf and that the best players are more tightly bunched than most seasons in recent history.
With Luke Donald now third behind Kaymer and Westwood, as well as the likes of Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson all occupying the top 10, it is safe to say that the four majors on the 2011 golfing calendar will be as competitive as we have ever known them.
But there is one man they will all have to beat, and that is the new world’s best, Martin Kaymer.

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