Kaymer keen to please

Following a failed US Open defence, Martin Kaymer is eager to impress in front of his home crowd in Munich this weekend.

The German got the weekend off in Chambers Bay following rounds of 72 and 74, putting him on the cut line at six over par.

However, the premature finish allowed Kaymer to return home to recover from the jet lag and prepare for the BMW International Open, an event he won in 2008.

“It is always very special for me to play in front of my home crowd,” the 30-year-old told europeantour.com.

“I haven’t given them too much to cheer since my win in 2008, but hopefully this year I can put on a good show. There’s always more pressure playing in front of a home crowd, but I like that pressure because it makes you want to please them and make them happy. That’s not always possible, of course, but it won’t stop me trying.

“The week after a Major Championship can sometimes be a quite difficult, especially with a nine-hour time difference, so I’m sure I’ll feel a little tired but I won’t need any extra motivation to get into the right mindset this week. There will be lots of demands on my time, but I don’t mind.”

The field for the BMW International Open, which tees off on Thursday at Golfclub München Eichenried, includes defending champion Fabrizio Zanotti, who made history as the first Paraguayan to win the European Tour event last year.

Kaymer will be joined by Ryder Cup compatriot Victor Dubuisson and world number 34 Thongchai Jaidee as he looks to right the wrongs of five missed cut this year.