Kaymer the king of Sun City
Last updated: 2nd December 2012
Martin Kaymer walked away with the $1.25m first prize at Sun City after winning the Nedbank Golf Challenge by two shots.
The German survived a late wobble as he shot a final round three-under-par 69 to finish with a total eight-under-par total of 280 with South African Charl Schwartzel claiming the runner's-up spot.
Kaymer, who started the day with a one-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen, made a bogey at the 15th hole which gave Schwartzel a sniff as he reduced the lead to one shot, but he eventually prevailed by two shots as the South African dropped a shot at the 17th.
Although he played a starring role in Europe's Ryder Cup success earlier this year, the win at the Gary Player Country Club was Kaymer's first this season and he admitted he was nervous.
"I never felt that I had won it. After the tee-shot on 18 when I had a two-shot lead, I felt comfortable then. But it was always tight," he said.
"Louis (Oosthuizen) played well too, but he was a little unlucky here and there.
"I felt a little more pressure. I've been in the lead a few times in my career but this time, after Bernard (Langer) won (the seniors event), the German media was writing about the double."
The German endured a mixed start to his final round as an eagle on the second was wiped out by a double-bogey at three, but birdies at nine, 10, 11 and 14 gave him some breathing space.
He added: "I was stressing a little bit to get ready for the Ryder Cup - it's a big responsibility when you tee it up, not only for your country but for the whole of Europe.
"Finally, everything came together and I could gain confidence. At the Ryder Cup, obviously what happened there, that was huge. I will never forget that in my career.
"That gave me so much motivation. I will never have a bigger putt in my life."
Schwartzel finished at six-under after a 69 with American Bill Haas another three shots adrift. Oosthuizen had a nightmare day as his 74 saw him finish fourth on two-under.
Defending champion Lee Westwood also had a day to forget as the Englishman carded a 73 to finish at one-under with second-round leader Paul Lawrie in sixth place.
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