Residence: Mettmann, Germany
Currently the only player under 25 to be in the top-50 in the World Rankings Kaymer become the first German to be awarded the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year after a superb debut season in 2007 during which he recorded 5 top-10 finishes.
Before rising to success on the European Tour, Kaymer had a successful career on the national tours in Germany. He picked up his first professional win at the age of 19 while still holding amateur status at the Central German Classic in 2005. Kaymer continued to play full-time on the EPD Tour from February to August in 2006 during which time he played in 14 tournaments and picked up 5 victories, finishing in the top-10 in all but one tournament. He has also achieved golfing ecstasy when he a 59 (-13) in the second round of the Habsberg Classic. This was made even more special as he was +1 after 2 holes.
Kaymer started off in perfect fashion in 2008 by winning his maiden European Tour event with a wire-to-wire victory at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. This victory elevated into the top-50 in the world and all the riches that this brings including entry into the WGC Match Play and The Masters. Two weeks after winning the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, he finished second in the Dubai Desert Classic. He finished the tournament with birdie-birdie-eagle but world number one Tiger Woods piped him by a single stroke.
The 2008 season got even better for the 24 year old when he went on to secure victory in the BMW International Open. Despite a 75 in the final round Martin was able to secure his second win of the season in a play-off against Anders Hansen. These 2 victories along with 2 further 2nd place finishes has lifted Kaymer to his highest European Tour Order of Merit finish of 8th place with over €1,700,000 in prize money.
Martin Kaymer Club History
Below is a selection of clubs used by Martin Kaymer throughout his career
Titleist Vokey Tour Satin Chrome 248.06 Wedge
Martin Kaymer Tournament History
2008 Portugal Masters
16-19 October - Portugal Masters - Oceânico Victoria Golf Course. Spain’s Alvaro Quiros was victorious at the Portugal Masters after holding off a determined challenge from Europe’s form player, Robert Karlsson. The 25 year old from Cadiz pocketed the €500,000 winner’s cheque - the largest of his career - after a final round 68 (a 19 under par total); he immediately dedicated his win to Seve Ballesteros, who was recovering in hospital from an operation to remove a brain tumour at the time. European Order of Merit leader Karlsson, who had begun the final round only a shot behind the Spaniard, had to settle for a share of third place after carding a 71.
In Martin Kaymer's bag...A second round 65 was the highlight of the German week. He added rounds of 72, 72 and 73 to this – finishing the week in a tie for 30th. The second time that we caught up with the German in 2008 - and there were not any changes in the equipment that he was using. He still had full bag of Titleist gear - apart from his Ping Rapture driver that he seems reluctant to part with.
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2008 World Golf Championship - CA Championship
13-16 March - Arnold Palmer Invitational - Bay Hill Club and Lodge. In typical Tiger fashion, the world #1 sank a 24-foot putt on the 72nd hole at Bay Hill for his fifth consecutive win, much to the annoyance of Bart Bryant who was looking for his first win since 2005. This was his biggest challenge since this streak began 7 months ago, Woods outlasted 45-year-old Bart Bryant and won with a birdie putt on the 72nd hole for the first time in 7 years. He turned and slammed his cap to the ground, letting out a roar to celebrate his 64th career victory, tying Ben Hogan at #3 on the PGA Tour career list.
In Martin Kaymer's bag...After a promising opening round of 68 Martin slipped away over the closing rounds to finish in a tie for 57th place. Martin Kaymer, although the rest of his bag is made up of clubs from Titleist, chose to use the Ping Rapture as his driver. His fairway wood was a 13.5˚ Titleist 909 F2 and was complimented with a Titleist 585.H 17˚ hybrid. Even though he carried a hybrid, Martin still carried a Titleist Z Muscle Forged 2-iron, and continued with these irons all the way through to a 9-iron. Martin completed his iron set with 3 specialist wedges from Titleist. 48˚, 54˚ and 58˚ Titleist Vokey 200 series wedges.
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