Kaymer will be buoyed by home support this week at Gut Larchenhof  (©GettyImages)
Kaymer will be buoyed by home support this week at Gut Larchenhof (©GettyImages).

Martin Kaymer prepares for hero's welcome at BMW International

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Martin Kaymer is set for a rousing reception this week as he makes his first appearance since claiming the US Open title at this week's BMW International Open in his home country of Germany. 

The 29-year-old double major champion romped to an eight-shot victory in the season's second major at Pinehurst No.2. nearly a fortnight ago, and now he will tee it up at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof hoping to make it two wins on the spin.

Kaymer, who also won the 2010 US PGA at Whistling Straits as well as last month's lucrative Players Championship title, has been submerged in media duties since that record-breaking victory in America two weeks ago and is now simply looking forward to playing golf again.

"I've done a lot of talking, a lot of interviews in the last 10 days, so I am looking forward to playing golf again," he told the official website of the European Tour.

"Obviously it's very normal if you've done something special, if you've won a major. People want to talk to you, and it's completely fine.

"Now I can handle it a lot better. In 2010 and the Ryder Cup, it was a little more difficult because I didn't really know what to expect. Now it's fine."

The Dusseldorf-born professional golfer spent three days in New York to reflect on his US Open feat - something he admitted sunk in a lot quicker than when he made his major breakthrough four years ago. 

"It was very nice, the two or three days after the US Open. I went to New York for three days, and I could reflect very quick, which was very surprising for me. 

"It was very satisfying and makes you proud. In the past, it took me a little bit, even after the US PGA Championship. But that win was a little bit different, so it was really nice to reflect right away and to understand what really happened."

Despite his age, Kaymer has completed a remarkable amount in his relatively short career and will unquestionably go down as an all-time great of the sport if he continues to play at the level has throughout 2014.

However, the German refuses to get ahead of himself and having missed the cut at this event two years ago, he believes expectations on him this week should be low.

He added: "Two years ago, I didn't even qualify for the weekend, so it's a tough week and the expectations, I think, should be low."

With the next major, the Open, following so soon after the last - it begins July 17 - Kaymer will want to make the most of this week, with a third major title well within his grasp at Hoylake next month. 

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