Open crowds had a chance today to acknowledge the hero of Europe’s latest Ryder Cup win.
Germany’s Martin Kaymer sank an eight-foot putt on the 18th green last September against Steve Stricker to clinch the trophy at Medinah and bolster a reputation highlighted by victory at the 2010 US PGA.
Since that previous major, Kaymer has been working on his game and was briefly rewarded with being world No. 1.
Now he appears ready to double his major tally and knows exactly what has to be done.
“What I have learned about majors is that it is all about patience. You are never going to win with 20 under par. You have got to hang in there,” he said.
“Key to Muirfield is avoiding bunkers because they will cost you at least one shot. And the Open is all about the wind. The tougher it gets the better I feel it will be for me.”
Kaymer got himself in contention three years ago. “I finished with three bogeys but still managed tied seventh,” he said. “You have to develop, want to become a better player.”