European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley has revealed that he knew that Martin Kaymer would do something special at Pinehurst before the US Open begun.
McGinley said that he could tell from Kaymer’s attitude after the Players Championship that he would go on to do something else special this season.
At The Players Championship Kaymer went on to lead the competition from start to finish, beating off competition from Jordan Speith to win the title in impressive circumstances.
At Pinehurst, and the US Open, it was a similar story. Kaymer set a blistering pace on day one, establishing a lead, and he never relinquished it – ending up nine shots clear of his nearest rival.
It came as some surprise that Kaymer, who has struggled with losses of form at certain periods of his career, was able to win in such style so recently after his previous success at Sawgrass, but McGinley expected it.
“It was very clear from what he was saying to me [after his win at The Players Championship]”, McGinley said to The Daily Mail.
“What he was saying to his caddie was that this wasn't a rejoicing, shouting from the rooftops, we are back on the top of the summit again. It's a start.
“And it's no surprise he's followed it up six weeks later to win a major. He was very clear that this was the start of a surge and he's been proved right.”
The win has propelled Kaymer to the top of the game and, although he may not be at the summit of the rankings yet (Adam Scott is currently number one), he is surely the most in-form player on the tour at the moment.
The pressure that comes with being the man to beat has troubled Kaymer before, back in 2010 after he won his first major at the PGA Championship, but he looks more adept at being able to cope with that this time round.
He is now half way to completing a grand-slam of major wins, and he also has a Players Championship to his name and made that putt in the last Ryder Cup at Medinah, where Europe completed an astonishing comeback to win.
It is particularly impressive CV given that he is still under the age of 30 and he looks set to be one of the leading stars in the golfing world for years to come.
He is certain to be part of McGinley’s team for this year’s Ryder Cup, which takes place Gleneagles in September, where he will need to perform to ensure Europe retain their title and the captain was full of praise for the German.
“He's a very interesting guy,” McGinley, said about Kaymer’s personality. “He gives a lot away about himself when he gives a press conference, he's very insightful about himself and he's very honest.
“He's a popular guy. Yes, he minds his own business and does his own thing but he's a very loyal guy, loyal member of the team. And he's an easy guy to pair. He's not high maintenance. He doesn't need to play with one player or another.”
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