Kaymer is Player of the Month

Martin Kaymer has been named the European Tour’s Golfer of the Month for November/December.

Martin Kaymer’s thrilling victory in last month’s WGC-HSBC Champions has earned him the European Tour’s Golfer of the Month Award for November/December, the Tour have announced on their official website.

Kaymer started the final day of the World Golf Championship event trailing 3rd-round leader Fredrik Jacobson by all of five shots, but a sensational back nine of 29 saw him charge through the field and surge clear by three shots.

The 2010 Race to Dubai Champion’s faultless, closing nine-under-par 63 was the lowest final round by a winner in any WGC stroke play event this year, and helped return the German to fourth place in the Official World Rankings.

Iain Carter, Golf Correspondent of BBC Radio Five Live, said: “Although there have been many superb performances over the last six weeks, including Rory McIlroy’s majestic victory in Hong Kong, Alvaro Quiros’ superb triumph in the Dubai World Championship and Luke Donald’s clinching of an historic money list double by winning The 2011 Race to Dubai, it was Martin Kaymer’s stunning triumph in Shanghai – and the manner in which it was achieved with nine birdies in his last 12 holes – that made it so special.”

McIlroy was a strong contender for the monthly award after taking The 2011 Race to Dubai to the wire with an impressive victory at the UBS Hong Kong.

However, Donald’s third place finish at the Dubai World Championship and the fact that the Englishman was able to hold off McIlroy, win the Race To Dubai money title and make history by being the first man to top the Money Lists on both sides of the Atlantic in the same season, saw Donald steal away some of McIlroy’s gloss

Quiros also earned plaudits from the judging panel which featured golf journalists and radio and television commentators but in the end it was Kaymer who topped the November/December poll giving the German his second monthly award of the year after having taken the January honour following his successful defence of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Kaymer joins a stellar list of Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month winners in 2011 that features Luke Donald (February and May), Paul Lawrie (March), Charl Schwartzel (April), Rory McIlroy (June), Darren Clarke (July), Thomas Björn (August), Michael Hoey (September) and Sergio Garcia (October)

All of the above mentioned winners along with Kaymer will now be considered for The 2011 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, won jointly by Kaymer and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell in 2010.