Players champion Martin Kaymer hopes his brilliant recent form continues this week at the European Tour's flagship BMW PGA Championship event, confessing he is a "more complete player" than he was three years ago when he topped the world rankings.
The German captured his first major title four years ago when he sealed the US PGA at Whistling Straits and went to the top of world golf the following year.
However, despite making his major breakthrough, the 29 year-old struggled to retain his consistency as he went through swing changes and eventually fell out of the world's top 60 before victory at Sawgrass two weeks ago saw him go to number 28.
Kaymer managed a solid if not spectacular finish at this Byron Nelson Championship last week where he finished inside the top 30, and with a record of six cuts made of seven starts at Wentworth the big man from Dusseldorf is hoping for another consistent showing.
“It's really nice now to be here, to be home in your open, even though it's not Germany but at least we are close, because I've been in America for the last seven or eight weeks and you do start missing home a little bit.
“I think I've done okay in the past. I never gave myself a chance to really win the tournament, and really that's the goal every week we play is to have a chance on Sunday afternoon," he said told reporters.
“I think I've done well the last few weeks. Not only at the Players - it was a nice bonus to win that one - but coming into that week, I think I played fairly well at the Masters and then Hilton Head."
With Paul McGinley again in attendance to cast an eye over those hoping for a spot on his European Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles this September, a win for Kaymer would effectively secure his place in the competition who is currently qualifying through the world points list.
In a difficult few years for the former major champion, he reminded everyone he would be no forgotten man when he sank the winning putt at Medinah to complete the most remarkable Ryder Cup turnaround Europe's ever produced, but he struggled individually after scaling to the pinnacle of the world rankings.
Now, he feels is a better player than the one who was ranked world number one: "Now I would say I'm a more complete player.
“But it's very important that we don't put it in the wrong perspective now that I should play well every week.
“Obviously golf is a very difficult sport and a very important word is the expectations that a lot of people have, and me as a player, I know where I can rank my expectations.
“It's just important that others don't always think that we have to deliver every single week - you can only get disappointed otherwise.”
The event at Wentworth is held in high regard by stars from all over the continent and annually attracts a cast of quality golfers. Italian youngster Matteo Manassero won last year's title through a playoff in a grandstand finish in Surrey.
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