Super confident Kaymer wins again
USPGA champion Martin Kaymer won his third title of the season with a four-shot victory at the KLM Open on Sunday.
Martin Kaymer emphasised the confidence boost provided by his USPGA victory as he extended the winning run of Europe’s Ryder Cup team in the KLM Open.
The German’s four-stroke win at Hilversum was the fifth in succession by a member of Colin Montgomerie’s team as they click into top form ahead of the Celtic Manor clash, which begins on October 1.
Kaymer’s triumph at Whistling Straits last month started that run, with Peter Hanson winning a week later at the Czech Open, then Edoardo Molinari in the Johnnie Walker Championship and Miguel Angel Jimenez at the Omega European Masters.
And after book-ending the sequence – on his return following three weeks off – the world number six said: “I felt very strong and I was very patient.
“The majors are the biggest tournaments we play all year and if you win one of those it gives you probably the biggest confidence you can get.
“It was my goal to play well here, but I was not expecting to win again. It’s a nice feeling.”
The 25-year-old joined cup team-mate Jimenez as a three-time winner this season after shooting a near-flawless 66 to finish 14 under, leaving Swede Christian Nilsson and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti in a distant second place in the tournament and Europe’s other current major champion, Graeme McDowell, in a similar position in the European Tour money list – the Northern Irishman is now £412,000 adrift.
Kaymer, who says his top choices as partners for Celtic Manor would be Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, now heads back to his Arizona base to prepare for his cup debut.
His only mistake on the final day was a bogey at the short 10th, but he had gone to the turn in 33 to be three clear and a birdie two holes later widened the gap again.
Nilsson did chip in on the 210-yard 15th, but followed it with a bogey and Kaymer knew the £248,364 first prize was his after making a 10-foot putt on the same hole.
He added another birdie on the par-five last for good measure, while Zanotti and Nilsson, producing performances that will ensure they keep their Tour cards for next season, also two-putted there for fours to share the runner-up spot.
Francesco Molinari and Ross Fisher were the other two Ryder Cup players in the field and they finished eighth and 11th respectively.
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