Category: Martin Kaymer


January 18, 2013

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Jan. 18, 2013

Posted at 6:55 PM by Mike Walker

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 1. “From now on I'll be playing a
Method putter."

--Rory McIlroy at his Nike press conference on Monday;
he switched back to his Scotty Cameron putter on Friday

 

 

Justin_forweb2. "Monty came into the picture to combat the big name of Tom Watson, and I felt like maybe that's something that the European Team didn't need to do.”

Justin Rose on Paul McGinley being picked for 2014 Ryder Cup captain over Colin Montgomerie 

 

Trump_forweb3. “The amount I know about golf would fit into a teaspoon. However, I do know when I’m walking on a pathway and come to a big chasm, that’s not the best.”  

--Aberdeen, Scotland, resident Suzanne Kelly on discovering storm damage at Donald Trump's Trump International Golf Links 

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4. “I’ve traveled more miles than
any human being who ever lived.”

--Gary Player on his frequent-flier status after 60 years of international golf 

 

 

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5. "It would be very similar to saying that I had a rivalry with Phil two years into my career. That wasn't the case."

--Tiger Woods on whether he has a rivalry with Rory McIlroy 

 

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6. “I was adding up my scorecard, and I was like, oh, wait, I shot 29 on the back.”

--Russell Henley on his final round at the Sony Open in Hawaii; he won

 

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 7. “He said, golf is the way politics is. If you're grip is too far to the right, you're going to get in trouble on the left. But if your grip is too far to the left, you're going to get in big trouble on the right.”

--Bill Clinton on getting golf advice from Tom Watson



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8. “If you ask most guys, they would
want to be involved in that process a
little bit more.”

--Jason Dufner on the selection of the Ryder Cup Team USA captain

 

  Kaymer_forweb9. “It was probably the best feeling I ever had in my life; to have the responsibility knowing that you can make something huge happen for the team and for yourself, and knowing that I can handle it.”

--Martin Kaymer on sinking the winning putt for Team Europe at the 2012 Ryder Cup

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10. “Most celebrities think they're friends with everybody. And that drives me crazy. I'm not there to be a distraction to the pro.”

--The Voice host Carson Daly on playing in pro-ams

December 21, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Kaymer says missing putt at Medinah could have ruined his career

Posted at 11:18 AM by Golf.com

Three months after Martin Kaymer made the putt that clinched the Ryder Cup for the Europeans, Kaymer spoke to the Daily Mail's Derek Lawrenson about what was really on the line -- his career.

"Now I honestly feel like my whole career might have been on the line," he said.

"I sometimes think about what would have happened if I had missed it. Would I have had the mental strength to recover from thinking I had let down a whole continent?"

After losing to Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar on Friday with Justin Rose, Kaymer sat Saturday's matches out.

"I hadn’t played well on Friday and was desperate to show what I could do on Saturday, so you can imagine how I felt when I was told I wasn’t playing," he said.

After trailing American Steve Stricker for the first five holes of his Sunday singles match, Kaymer birdied No. 6 to turn the match around.

"I could see that something huge was potentially unfolding. One, two, three, four points, on I went but I knew we needed at least a point from me, or two half-points from Francesco and me."

"The last three holes were great, the excitement was beautiful. On the 17th I had a four-footer that I had to hole and, when that went in, it gave me a lot of belief."

Leading 1 up, Kaymer made a five-footer on the 18th hole to beat Stricker and ensure that the Europeans would at least retain the cup.

October 18, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Sergio Garcia 'wished' for Kaymer to sink clinching Cup putt

Posted at 11:44 AM by Mark Dee

When you wish upon a par...

We can hear it now. The Disney theme song to Europe's fairytale Ryder Cup ending. And all because Sergio Garcia wished on Sunday morning that Martin Kaymer would make the clinching putt, according to Reuters.

Here's what Garcia said:

"The night before the singles Olazabal and myself had a very good conversation with Martin," said world number 19 Garcia in a European Tour news release.

"Then on Sunday I was having breakfast with Martin and I said to him if I had a wish it would be for him to hole the putt which meant Europe kept the Ryder Cup."

That's all it took. A little of Sergio's Tinkerbelle magic. And America's spastic fear of the Medinah's 17th hole.

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October 04, 2012

Kaymer was thinking of Langer before his deciding Ryder Cup putt

Posted at 12:55 PM by Golf.com

Martin Kaymer was only 6 when Bernhard Langer missed the six-foot putt at the 1991 Ryder Cup that would have retained the trophy for the European team, but his countryman's most painful moment was still on Kaymer's mind on Sunday. Kaymer, of course, knocked in his putt to beat Steve Stricker and earn Europe's 14th point. On Wednesday at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Kaymer told reporters what he was thinking before he hit the putt.

Q.  Did Langer’s miss cross your mind when you were standing over the putt?
MARTIN KAYMER:  When I was standing behind-- when I went down, I saw a footprint and it crossed my mind maybe four and a half seconds, so it was there, but it didn't have any influence in a positive or in a negative way.  I saw the footprint and I thought, Bernhard, okay, gone.  So it was not really a second. Yes, I did think about it, but it's the past.  It's 21 years ago.  At the end of the day, if you stick to the facts of the putt, it was easiest putt you can have, even though with all of the circumstances, is it was an uphill inside line.  There is no easier putt.  It's true, if you bring it down to the facts and try to forget about The Ryder Cup, we have putt that putt millions of times.

Q.  Is that what you told yourself?
MARTIN KAYMER:  I said, there's no second doubt, inside right, step up, make it.  So very clear thoughts, which was nice.

Q.  Have you spoken to Bernhard since?
MARTIN KAYMER:  Tried to call me twice but I didn't have a chance to call him back unfortunately.  I was texting a little bit with him yesterday and I will call him maybe in an hour or so when I calm down a little bit and get away from the golf course.

September 25, 2012

Ryder Cup Twitter roundup: Best tweets from players, WAGs and celebrities

Posted at 9:44 AM by Golf.com

Players from both teams enjoy the days before competition begins:

Many of the players wives and girlfriends (WAGs) will be in attendance this week:

Celebs and fellow golfers share their Ryder Cup excitement and show their support:

Fans arrive to the course for practice rounds and the U.S. Past Captain/Celebrity Scramble:

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Both U.S. and Europe team members express their excitement for the week as they arrive in Chigago:

Everyone on the plane to Chicago for RYDER CUP........... Yeh #Avit t.co/cf5XmPOr

— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) September 24, 2012
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Let's go USA! So pumped for the Ryder Cup. Out at Medina right now!

— Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) September 24, 2012

Just landed in Chicago. Enroute to team hotel. To say I'm excited is an understatement. Team get together this evening. #itbegins#Europe

— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) September 24, 2012

Just landed in Chicago!! #RyderCup

— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) September 24, 2012

Rory McIlroy looks back at his favorite moments from the 2010 Ryder Cup:


Rory McIlroy on WhoSay
June 19, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Tiger Woods is early favorite for British Open

Posted at 11:53 AM by Mark Dee

Tiger Woods is the favorite to win the British Open. Maybe odds-makers had plans last weekend that didn’t include watching the U.S. Open? As Erik Matuszewski of Bloomberg Businessweek writes:

Woods, 36, is listed as the 10-1 favorite for the season’s third major, according to the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino’s sports book. While Woods hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, he remains popular with bettors. Woods last week had “by far the most money on him,” according to Jeff Sherman, LVH’s assistant sports book manager.

“Betting support for Tiger helped contribute to his favoritism for the British Open,” Sherman said in an e-mail.

Not far behind are Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, both coming in at 12-1, and No. 1-ranked Luke Donald, at 20-1. More notable odds for Royal Lytham: Phil Mickelson Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Rickie Fowler, Jason Dufner, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington are all coming in at 30-1. Some of those seem wiser than others.

Simpson to skip British?
Webb Simpson, who came in at 40-1, might skip the British Open to be with his wife, Dowd, who is expecting the couple’s second child next month, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The 26-year-old American, whose closing 68 in San Francisco made it an incredible nine first-time winners in a row in the majors, has a decision to make on Royal Lytham.

Golf's next major starts four weeks on Thursday and Simpson's wife, Dowd, is expecting their second child in six weeks.

"Officially I don't know yet," he said after beating compatriot Michael Thompson and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell by a shot at the Olympic Club.

"The next eight weeks are going to be up in the air. We're going to see what we can do."

His wife gave a more revealing answer, however.

"I don't think he is going to play the British Open just in case I go into labour," she told reporters. "It would make Webb too nervous to hop over the pond and then have to try to get back."

So make of that what you will. (And send him a postcard from Lancanshire.)

Rivalry Game
Medinah County Club hosted two dedicated rivals Monday in a pressure-packed match play duel. And unlike the Ryder Cup, which the club will host in September, both sides had the same definition of football.

The Chicago Bears routed their NFC North rival Green Bay Packers on Medinah No. 3, winning the inaugural Rivalry Cup, 10-2, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette. The participants seemed more interested in the course than the contest:

“It was an unbelievable experience to be able to play Medinah’s No. 3 Course today, especially in advance of the 2012 Ryder Cup,” said [Bears kicker Robbie] Gould, who maintains a 2 handicap. “The Ryder Cup is really the Super Bowl of golf, and I can tell you that both teams were pretty intense today. It was a real competition out there, but we had a lot of fun at the same time. I know that both the Bears and Packers will be pulling for Team USA in September.”

The Bears played well in all phases of the game, but were anchored by a strong performance from their special teams, which only confirms that punters and kickers don’t do much in practice.

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April 03, 2012

Video: Martin Kaymer's hole-in-one at Augusta's 16th

Posted at 6:00 PM by Mike Walker

In a tournament full of traditions, one of the most endearing is guys skipping balls across the pond on the par-3 16th hole during practice rounds. 2010 PGA Champion Martin Kaymer has never had much luck at Augusta -- he missed four cuts in his four tries here -- but maybe this hole-in-one on 16 Monday means his luck is changing. Check it out:

 

March 20, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Donald challenging McIlroy for top spot

Posted at 1:06 PM by Golf.com

SI-Golf-RANKINGEach week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1.  Rory McIlroy (149, 14, 1)   - Last three finishes: 3, WGC-Cadillac Championship; 1, Honda Classic; 2, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

2. Luke Donald (132, 1, 7) - Last three finishes: 1, Transitions Championship; T6, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T33, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

3. Lee Westwood (90, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T29, WGC-Cadillac Championship; 4, Honda Classic; 4, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

4. Justin Rose (77, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T29, Transitions Championship; 1, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T5, Honda Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

5. Phil Mickelson (76, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: T43, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T2, Northern Trust Open; 1, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

6. Keegan Bradley (72, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T8, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T12, Honda Classic; T17, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 20

7. Hunter Mahan (64, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T24, WGC-Cadillac Championship; 1, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship; T24, Northern Trust Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

8. Bill Haas (29, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T29, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T33, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship; 1, Northern Trust Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 15

9. Charl Schwartzel (22, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: MC, Transitions Championship; T4, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T5, Honda Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

10. Bubba Watson (21, 0, 10) - Last three finishes: 2, WGC-Cadillac Championship, T17, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship; T13, Northern Trush Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 16

Others receiving votes:
Brandt Snedeker (15)
Steve Stricker (14)
Kyle Stanley (11)
Mark Wilson (11)
Webb Simpson (9)
Matt Kuchar (8)
Sang-moon Bae (7)
Jim Furyk (5)
Johnson Wagner (4)
Bo Van Belt (3)
Tiger Woods (3)
Martin Kaymer (1)
Alvaro Quiros (1)

 

February 07, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Rory reclaims top spot amidst major shakeups

Posted at 10:34 AM by Golf.com

SI-Golf-RANKINGEach week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Rory McIlroy (117, 4, 2) - Last three finishes: 2, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship; T11, Dubai World Championship; 1, Hong Kong Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

2. Luke Donald (111, 5, 1) - Last three finishes: T48, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship; T12, JBWere Masters; 3, Dubai World Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

T3. Webb Simpson (89, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T8, Waste Management Phoenix Open; T38, Sony Open; T3, Hyundai Tournament of Champions
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

T3. Kyle Stanley (89, 5, NR) - Last three finishes: 1, Waste Management Phoenix Open; 2, Farmers Insurance Open; MC, Humana Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 52

5. Lee Westwood (63, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T12, Qatar Masters; T17, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship; 1, Thailand Golf Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

6. Steve Stricker (58, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T38, Sony Open; 1, Hyundai Tournament of Champions; 16, Chevron World Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

7. Branden Grace (53, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T47, Qatar Masters; MC, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship; 1, Volvo Golf Champions
- Official World Golf Ranking: 91

8. Johnson Wagner (48, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T55, Waste Management Phoenix Open; T2, Humana Challenge; 1, Sony Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 73 

9. Sergio Garcia (28, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T5, Qatar Masters; T12, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship; T24, Thailand Golf Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 16

10. Brandt Snedeker (26, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T50, Waste Management Phoenix Open; 1, Farmers Insurance Open; T8, Humana Challenge
- Official World Golf Rank: 15

Others receiving votes:

Tiger Woods (23)
Paul Lawrie (1, 21)
Charl Schwartzel (19)
Martin Kaymer (15)
Keegan Bradley (14)
Jason Day (12)
Mark Wilson (12)
Robert Rock (11)
Bill Haas (7)
Harrison Frazar (5)
Ben Crane (3)
Adam Scott (2)
Spencer Levin (1)
John Rollins (1)
Bubba Watson (1) 

January 17, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Stricker moves up to No. 5

Posted at 10:00 AM by Golf.com

SIGG-Ranking-logo3Each week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Luke Donald (148, 13, 1) - Last three finishes: T12, JBWere Masters; 3, Dubai World Championship; 7, Nedbank Golf Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Rory McIlroy (136, 2, 2) - Last three finishes: T11, Dubai World Championship; 1, Hong Kong Open; T4, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Lee Westwood (104, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: 1, Thailand Golf Championship; 29, Dubai World Championship; 1, Nedbank Golf Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

4. Webb Simpson (995, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T38, Sony Open; T3, Hyundai Tournament of Champion; T13, Chevron World Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

5. Steve Stricker (77, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T38, Sony Open; 1, Hyundai Tournament of Champion; 16, Chevron World Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

6. Charl Schwartzel (74, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: MC, Joburg Open; 2, Thailand Golf Championship; 5, Dubai World Championship - Official World Golf Ranking: 9

7. Keegan Bradley (41, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: T13, Sony Open; 16, Hyundai Tournament of Champion; 17, Chevron World Challenge
- Official World Golf Ranking: 26

8. Nick Watney (34, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T12, Hyundai Tournament of Champion; 18, Chevron World Challenge; T4, Australian Open
- Official World Golf Rank: 12

9. Martin Kaymer (33, 0, T9) - Last three finishes: T11, Dubai World Championship; 8, Nedbank Golf Challenge; 1, WGC-HSBC Champions; 23, Andalucia Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

10. Adam Scott (24, 0, T9) - Last three finishes: T4, Australian PGA Championship; T4, Australian Open; T11, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

Others receiving votes:
Tiger Woods (11)
Jason Day (9)
Bill Haas (8)
K.J. Choi (7)
Matt Kuchar (6)
Sergio Garcia (5)
Dustin Johnson (5)
Louis Oosthuizen (5)
Aaron Baddeley (3)





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