Majestic Kaymer makes it two in a row

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A majestic Martin Kaymer won the Barclays Scottish Open today to complete a brilliant back-to-back victory week.

Majestic Martin Kaymer, the crown Prince of German golf, today won the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond to complete a brilliant back-to-back triumph worth more than £1million.
After beating Lee Westwood in a play-off for the French Open last week, the super-hot, but icy-cool 24-year-old came from two shots back on the final day to defeat France’s Raphael Jacquelin and overnight leader Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain by two with his 15-under 269 winning total.
Last week’s cheque was just over £565,000. This week it was worth £500,000 – and he now is not only second to Paul Casey on the European money list, but is also ranked just outside the world’s top 10 heading into the Open at Turnberry.
Kaymer, who began his run of form in Paris last week with a course record 62, needed ‘only’ a two-under-par 69 after starting the day a stroke behind Fernandez-Castano.
The gap doubled when he bogeyed the 455-yard second, but once he had birdied three of the next six holes and moved into the top spot, he was never to let it go.
“To win at the home of golf is always something very special,” he said.
“I missed the cut the week after my first two wins, but this week was obviously different.
“Now everybody asks me about a third win in a row, but we are playing in a major and the field is going to be the best we’ll have all year.
“The money is nice, but it’s not the most important thing. If you are out there playing for the money, I think you have chosen the wrong job.”
Fernandez-Castano’s hopes of a fifth Tour win – this was Kaymer’s fourth – nosedived when he did not manage a single birdie until the 13th.
But running up a bogey six following a wild drive on the hole before that had given him a deficit he could not make up.
Jacquelin came through to be joint runner-up with a blistering 66 and Australian Adam Scott matched that best-of-the-day effort to take a share of fourth with Dane Soren Kjeldsen.
Disappointing on the final day were both Lee Westwood and Retief Goosen.
Westwood had oozed confidence after middle rounds of 66 and 64, but closed with a level-par 71 for eighth place along with fellow Englishman Ross Fisher.
Goosen had been joint second teeing off today, but dropped six shots in five holes around the turn and needed a strong finish for a 73 and a tie for eighth.
Whether Fisher plays in the Open remains to be seen. He flew back to London to be with his wife Jo, who is expecting their first child on Tuesday, and said: “What will be will be.
“The Open is the most important tournament in a calendar year, but the birth of our first child is something I don’t want to miss.”
If there are no signs of an imminent delivery on Tuesday he will be at Turnberry, but is ready to pull out at any moment – even if he is six ahead with a round to play, he says.
“The ideal would be to two-putt to win next Sunday, make a short winner’s speech and then fly home.”
Ian Poulter, runner-up at last year’s Open, was down in 32nd place after a disappointing 72, but that was still better than Colin Montgomerie and Rory McIlroy managed.
They finished in a tie for 46th following 73s. Montgomerie, fortunate to make the halfway cut, said: “That was a poor round of golf again,” while McIlroy said he needs to work on his iron play before Thursday.
“I was just struggling a bit,” said the 20-year-old.
“This week I really wanted to play well to give myself some momentum.
“Now I’ll spend more time practising than I will on the course the next three days because I want to get it sorted out.”
ALL THE FINAL ROUND SCORES
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 71):

269 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 69 65 66 69
271 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa) 65 70 64 72, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 67 72 66 66
272 Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 67 68 67 70, Adam Scott (Aus) 66 67 73 66
273 Nick Watney (USA) 67 68 71 67, Retief Goosen (Rsa) 68 63 69 73
274 Ross Fisher 69 67 71 67, Lee Westwood 73 66 64 71
275 Martin Laird 65 70 69 71
276 Steve Webster 71 70 67 68, Richard Sterne (Rsa) 70 69 67 70
277 Brian Gay (USA) 70 69 65 73, Ernie Els (Rsa) 69 69 67 72, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 69 70 67 71, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 69 70 66 72
278 Jamie Donaldson 69 68 65 76, David Lynn 70 72 65 71, Kenneth Ferrie 67 68 74 69
279 Rodney Pampling (Aus) 68 71 67 73, Oliver Wilson 74 65 70 70, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 69 70 69 71, Camilo Villegas (Col) 69 67 73 70, Graeme Storm 65 76 71 67
280 Anthony Wall 70 69 69 72, Damien McGrane 71 68 73 68, Paul Lawrie 68 72 68 72, Soren Hansen (Den) 67 68 73 72, Mark Foster 68 68 72 72, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 68 66 69 77, Seve Benson 70 72 69 69
281 Jose-Maria Olazabal (Spa) 71 69 69 72, Ian Poulter 69 72 68 72, Thomas Levet (Fra) 70 71 69 71
282 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 67 73 68 74, Brett Rumford (Aus) 68 69 73 72, Richard Green (Aus) 64 72 73 73, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 70 71 66 75, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 72 70 69 71, Peter O’Malley (Aus) 74 66 69 73
283 Graeme McDowell 70 72 71 70, Darren Clarke 69 69 68 77, Mads Vibe-Hastrup (Den) 69 67 71 76, Paul McGinley 65 71 75 72, Gregory Havret (Fra) 67 70 72 74
284 Gary Orr 70 68 71 75, Rory McIlroy 68 71 72 73, Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 69 66 76 73, Colin Montgomerie 73 69 69 73, Markus Brier (Aut) 69 69 73 73, Pablo Martin (Spa) 69 72 71 72, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 70 68 72 74
285 David Drysdale 67 73 72 73, Alvaro Velasco (Spa) 71 70 75 69, Scott Drummond 70 71 72 72, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 69 70 69 77, Christopher Doak 72 68 69 76
286 Gary Lockerbie 69 73 73 71, James Kingston (Rsa) 69 72 67 78, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 70 69 76 71, Scott Strange (Aus) 70 72 74 70, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 70 69 70 77, Andrew McLardy (Rsa) 68 72 73 73
287 Boo Weekley (USA) 71 70 72 74, Miles Tunnicliff 70 72 72 73, Ross McGowan 67 72 75 73
288 Alexander Noren (Swe) 70 71 74 73, Jason McCreadie 70 67 74 77, John Bickerton 72 69 71 76, Paul Broadhurst 71 71 74 72
289 Sam Little 70 72 72 75
290 Lee Slattery 71 70 73 76, Shane Lowry 69 71 71 79, Oliver Fisher 73 68 72 77
291 Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 70 72 75 74
292 Nick Dougherty 71 71 74 76
293 Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (Ind) 73 69 75 76

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