Kaymer unhappy with gamesmanship

European Tour

Martin Kaymer believes Phil Mickelson’s comments about Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell were “unnecessary”.

On Wednesday, the five-time major winner hinted that the ongoing legal dispute between McIlroy and his former representatives – a company which is part-owned by McDowell – might cause some friction within the European Team camp.

“To Phil’s comment, it’s not really a topic for us,” Kaymer, who seems likely to be McIlroy’s partner at Gleneagles this week, told the media.

“It’s one of those things you read it, you laugh about it and that’s it. We hadn’t… I heard about it yesterday for the first time on the bus, but I think in the end of the day, we should just play golf.

“It’s fairly simple. If things like this start, it’s a little… I don’t know if that’s necessary.”

The German former world number one added that the spirit within European team was stronger than it had ever been.

“Yesterday, when we went to the gala dinner, and then went to the concert, we had a really good time on the bus,” the two-time major winner added.

“We had fun. We laughed a lot and I think that is quite important for a week like this, that you enjoy the week, as well; that you enjoy the team atmosphere, that you bond with some players that you might play with in foursomes or fourball.

“And you get to know the vice captains a little bit better. Obviously I never really played golf with Sam Torrance or Des Smyth. They are a little bit older than me.

“Yeah, so far we had great fun, but the real fun starts tomorrow I guess.”

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