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Kaymer wins European Tour money list

German becomes youngest winner in 21 years

Posted Nov 28, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Martin Kaymer is the new number one of Europe after securing top spot in the money list during his final round at the Dubai World Championship. He became the youngest winner of the prestigious award for 21 years.

The 25-year-old German clinched the European Tour title with a hole to play when Graeme McDowell, the only other player who could win the title, missed out on a top three finish despite his final round 68. The pair finished as part of a group of eight who finished on six under for the championship.

Sweden’s Robert Karlsson won the event following a dramatic play-off win over England’s Ian Poulter. Poulter, at the second play-off hole, dropped his ball on his marker and was forced to take a one shot penalty that effectively ended his challenge.

So did Kaymer deserve the win?

It’s difficult to disagree with his success. He is a major winner this year, as is McDowell, and he was part of a successful Ryder Cup team in October, as was McDowell. Kaymer has played brilliant golf all year and he has been one of the most consistent golfers in the world.

He is an extremely cool customer and is a percentage golfer and this is the only criticism I have of him. Although I respect his approach and it’s obviously successful for him, many golf fans want to see fireworks. Many golf fans want to see shots taken on that we could only ever dream of.

The great Walter Hagen played with the mentality that two poor shots and one truly great shot would still enable you to make par, and it is this attitude that we want to see more of.Ian Poulter is a golfer who entertains. As is McDowell. And these guys don’t always get it right. In fact many times they find themselves in a spot of bother but it is their power of recovery that endears them to fans. They seem more human.

The legendary Seve Ballesteros was the same and he is considered one of the greatest of all time.Saying that, Kaymer’s style has its place in the sport and he deserves success for consistency and relentless percentage golf.Next year, it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on…

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