Martin Kaymer celebrates his victory outside the Clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra, Florida - The 61st ranked player in the world showed what a lot of hard
work and some divine inspiration can do. After 3 years of working hard to rebuild the
move that had Martin Kaymer atop the Golf universe in 2011, the 29 year old German
showed that he is fully back. Kaymer came into the week talking about finally being
back in form and feeling the confidence he had in late 2010 and 2011 - when he won
the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and ascended to the top of the Official World
After 54 holes, all of the talk was about 20 year old American Jordan Spieth . . . and
perhaps rightly so. The kid was bogey free through 3 rounds on a layout where that just
doesn't happen. Kaymer and the headline grabbing Texan were knotted after 3 rounds,
and yet it seemed as if most of the scribes had already etched Spieth's name on the
crystal . . . not so fast.
Kaymer was cruising like a fine euro sedan on the autobahn thru 14 holes Sunday,
leading by 3 with just 4 holes remaining. Spieth was struggling, it seemed everything that
went his way the first three days, was the opposite on day four. It was Jim Furyk who
was busy lighting up the course on this day, needing only to tap in on the last to post
-12. That's when the horns sounded for a weather delay. After nearly 90 minutes, play
resumed, and Kaymer made a mess of the par 4 fifteenth - making double bogey. The
lead was down to one. After two good shots on the par 5 - sixteenth, Kaymer elected to
putt from well off the green, failing to get up & down for birdie. Standing on the famed 17th
tee with a one shot lead, his tee shot just carried the pot bunker, took a nasty bounce
left and nearly spun back into the water - both an unlucky and lucky break all at the same
time. His chip came up woefully short, and now he faced the toughest putt all week . . .
a downhill sidewinder that broke close to 12 feet left to right. As the ball dove into the cup
for his par, Kaymer pumped his fist in jubilation.
On the eighteenth, Kaymer needed another up & down after his approach came up short.
Once again he choose to putt, but this seemed like a better choice (from just off the
green). It proved to be the right play, the "Texas Wedge" left him just 3 ft to complete his
3 yr comeback. Just as the sun decided it had shined enough on this Mother's Day, Kaymer
holed the finisher. Rina, Kaymer's mom had passed away from skin cancer 6 years ago, Martin
not yet 23 at the time, carries thoughts of Rina everywhere he goes . . . in fact, Rina's favorite
flower - the Sunflower adorns the front panel on Martin Kaymer's bag in tribute to her.
“To win on Mother's Day ... we show our parents way too little,” Kaymer said. “We
always need some occasions to show them, which is what you realize when they're
not there anymore. So to win on those days, it adds a little bit of a nice thing to the
whole week. I think about her every day. I don't need a Mother's Day.”
In regards to his golf, the German was pleased with the result, “A lot of satisfaction,”
said Kaymer, who ended the week at 13-under 275 after his final round 71. “(My caddie
and I) worked so hard and we went through up-and-downs the last two years. It's very
tough because as an athlete you always want it now, but in golf you just cannot force it.”
Jim Furyk finished 2nd after firing the low round of the day - 66 (12 under par), Sergio
Garcia was 3rd at -11 after a final round 70. Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth for 4th (-10).