At the start of August 2010 Martin Kaymer was undoubtedly a European star with 13 minor and main tour victories in just five years. All he needed to do was step up to world class and having finished in the top eight at three of his previous four majors it seemed that transition was imminent. At Whistling Straits he duly delivered, finishing victorious in the PGA Championship. It was difficult to judge which was more impressive on that final day: the 25-year-old German’s unflappable temperament or his finely tuned and beautifully measured golf. Certainly his manner is reminiscent of his fellow countryman Bernhard Langer’s and if he can be as successful in the Ryder Cup environment, Europe have a long-term stalwart about to make his debut. If there is one concern it relates to his lack of experience in team golf and the fact that he’s won just two of five matches in the WGC World Matchplay event. On the other hand he did take up Sir Nick Faldo’s invitation to attend the 2008 Ryder Cup as an observer so has experience of the cauldron that is the Ryder Cup first tee.
|8th Aug||Bridgestone Invitational||22|
|18th Jul||British Open||7|
|11th Jul||Scottish Open||MC|
|12th Sep||KLM Open||1|
|15th Aug||PGA Championship||1|
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,
Rory McIlroy rues a late night until eagle gets him flying in Italian Open
The four-time major winner was only a shot behind leader Matt Fitzpatrick after the first round of the Rome event.
Rory McIlroy begins Italian Open with superb 67 after recovering from slow start
He kick-started his round by holing out from 115 yards for an eagle on the par-four third.
Shane Lowry: Golf risks alienating fans with disgusting amount of money involved
The BMW PGA Championship winner insists he was never tempted to join LIV Golf.