Well just a week after Martin Kaymer lifted the US Open trophy at Pinehurst No.2, Michelle Wie did exactly the same thing on Sunday and claimed her first major title at the age of 24.
Wie rolled in a long birdie putt on the 17th hole like a true champion after a disastrous double bogey on the 16th and ended up taking the title by two shots from Stacy Lewis.
The young American has been in the spotlight since the age of thirteen, and has had a pretty successful career up to now, but in golf everyone is chasing the majors these days and this will ease the pressure for her and she will now feel that she is capable of winning many more, which I’m sure she will.
Well if there was ever going to be a video made on how to win a major championship then they should use this one as an example.
It was quite simply a breathtaking performance from a player who has had his ups and downs in the past few years, but he is with no doubt back to his best once again.
It’s been an incredible few weeks for Martin Kaymer who claimed The Players Championship a few weeks back on Mother’s Day, and incredibly claimed the US Open on Father’s Day, he obviously didn’t want his Dad to feel left out!
This win will go down as one of the most emphatic victory’s in US Open history as the cool German never looked flustered, even when he did hit a wayward shot, he took his medicine and never tried to do anything clever. His touch around the greens was second to none, and he had the pace of the greens from day one.
This was how Tiger Woods used to win major championships. Get a strong lead after two rounds and then stay there, and just do what you have to do to win. If everyone is chasing you around a tough golf course it’s very hard for them to make birdies, and that was the case around Pinehurst No.2.
So that’s the first two majors of the season done and another month to go before The Open hits our TV screens.
The next event on the PGA Tour is The Travellers Championship, where Bill Haas will be looking to defend his title.
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Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer, who were team-mates at the miracle comeback in Medinah, are tied at the top of the leaderboard in the Qatar Masters. There are four players sharing the lead in Doha after two rounds, the other players are Marcus Fraser and Ricardo Santos.
Garcia played a near perfect round of golf shooting a 66 on a calm day in the desert, whilst Kaymer shot a bogey-free 67. Garcia had plenty of chances to make more birdies but the putter deserted him on these occasions.
There are many players within striking distance though, with the leaderboard looking quite bunched at the moment.
At the other end of the leaderboard, Ernie Els was struggling with the putter and struggling to make the cut going into the 16th at one over par, but a birdie and two pars was enough see him through to the weekend.
It’s all set up for a great couple of days of golf, make sure you tune in to watch!
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Martin Kaymer’s year ended a lot better than it began this year and it’s a welcome relief for the young German who survived a late wobble to hold on for his first victory this year by claiming the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City.
After recently holing what turned out to be the winning put in the Ryder Cup in September and now winning in South Africa, Martin Kaymer is certainly back where he belongs and it won’t be long until he’s back in the top 5 in the world.
Kaymer was overnight leader and looked to be comfortable until bogeying the 15th when he saw his lead cut down to one shot from Charl Schwartzel, but ice cool Kaymer managed to hang on and win by two shots.
The winning total was eight under par.
1. Kaymer -8
3. Haas -3
Another great week for European golf with Graeme McDowell winning Tiger Woods’ tournament in California as well by beating chasing American Keegan Bradley.
We won’t be seeing Tiger Woods play for six weeks as he is taking a break from the game and preparing himself for 2013 in which he hopes he can get back on the major trail again!
Martin Kaymer is teeing it up this week at the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course in Portugal. Europe’s Ryder Cup hero is hoping to build on a pretty good record that he has in the Portugal Masters and must be feeling pretty good about his game and himself right now.
The man from Düsseldorf has had two top-ten finishes in his last three years at the event here in Portugal, and managed to find some form at the Ryder Cup before finishing a respectable 34th at the Alfred Dunhill Links in Scotland last weekend.
Major winner Kaymer believes the confidence he gained from holing the most important six footer of his life at the 18th in Medinah, along with his previous form in the event, can bring success this week.
“I played very well here in the past, and at the moment, I feel very happy the way I hit the ball,” said Kaymer.
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Tiger Woods has come out and said that being given the chance to captain America in the Ryder Cup would be a “huge honour” for him and that he would love to have the chance to do so.
The world No.2 who has only been part of one winning Ryder Cup team out of the last seven and was part of the most recent encounter at Medinah when America got thumped in the final day singles.
Woods who was partnered with Steve Stricker, lost all three of his matches on the Friday and Saturday and only managed a half in the singles on the Sunday when he sportingly gave Francesco Molinari a 5 foot putt to allow Europe to win the Ryder Cup having already retained it after comebacks from Poulter, Rose, Westwood, Garcia and Kaymer.
Woods has a got a very poor record in the Ryder Cup and questions have been asked whether he was really interested in the competition.
Woods said “It would be a huge honour, hopefully it doesn’t happen in the near future as I would like to play in many more Ryder Cups“.
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Ryder Cup captain José Maria Olazábal and two of his fine players – Martin Kaymer and Francesco Molinari – will add a sense of Ryder Cup fever to the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura next week.
All three will play in the sixth edition of the Portugal Masters at the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura. Captain marvel Olazábal, took Europe to an incredible 14 ½ – 13 ½ victory over the USA at Medinah Country Club thanks to the players in the final two pairings who managed to match the bravery of the ten players who had finished their games in front of them.
Olazábal will also be joined by the four guys who were behind the scenes with him all week in Medinah, Vice-Captains Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Paul McGinley will also competing in the €2,250,000 tournament.
All sixteen people plus many more who travelled to Medinah played their part in the astonishing victory which will go down in history forever and I for one am glad it’s every two years as I don’t think I could handle that pressure year on year.
Just in case you missed the wining putt, here it is again!
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Well with two days to go until the biggest golf event on the planet takes place in Medinah, José María Olazábal was giving very little away when the team were practising yesterday but Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell seem to be the two main players that his attention has been focused on.
It all fell on the shoulders of the Northern Irishman two years ago when he famously holed the putt that secured the cup for Europe. Olazábal is obviously looking for, and expecting, another big performance from him.
Garcia didn’t play in the last Ryder Cup, but still played his part as vice-captain and no doubt made a big difference to the team. He battled hard to make the team this year and it was clearly his main aim in the closing part of the season. Make no mistake, he loves this event more than anyone. The Spaniard has never lost a foursomes match. Playing nine and winning eight with one tie.
I for one am still not sure what pairings he is going to go with, but one thing I do know is that it’s going to be one hell of a contest and will go all the way to the last few singles games on the Sunday. It’s probably on paper one the hardest to call!
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Four of the top players in the world have confirmed they will take part in the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions from November 1-4. World Number Three Luke Donald, World Number Four Lee Westwood, defending champion Martin Kaymer and Phil Mickelson have all said yes to the sponsors. The event will take place on the Olazábal Course at Mission Hills in China.
2010 US PGA Champion Martin Kaymer who won the event last year by three shots in dramatic style by making nine birdies on the final day is looking forward to defending the title.
England’s Luke Donald is also looking forward to his week at the WGC-HSBC Champions, having missed out last year waiting for the birth of his second daughter.
He said: “I was so disappointed to miss out on playing at the WGC-HSBC Champions last year, although it was for the best possible reason!
Plus Donald will be keen to get back to winning ways after not having the best season. But I guess compared to his heroics last season it was always going to be a disappointment!
The big hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts is looking forward to the opportunity of competing in the KLM Open on Thursday as he starts his preparations for the Ryder Cup in Medinah.
Colsaerts who finished 19th two weeks ago at the Johnnie Walker Championship, was handed a wild card pick for his impressive form this season, which included a win in a top class field at the Volvo World Match Play Championship back in May.
This will be the Belgian’s first appearance since the announcement, and this weeks tournament will be held at the Hilversumsche Golf Club, which is his penultimate tournament before his first appearance at the in Medinah.
Colsaerts is the only rookie on Europe’s team and he will be playing alongside Olazábal and Europe team-mate Martin Kaymer, hopefully he will impress Ollie and start the first day in the showpiece event!
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