Thomas Levet has picked Martin Kaymer as his favourite to win the year’s third major, The British Open.
Levet believes that Kaymer has all the qualities to succeed at the Royal Liverpool when the competition commences later this month and win his second consecutive major.
Kaymer was in fine form at the US Open, where he blitzed the field to win by eight strokes and become the first non-British European to take the title.
It secured his place as the widely-agreed number one player in golf at this moment, despite it not being a rank that he currently holds.
And Levet, a six time winner on the European Tour, thinks that he can build on that success and triumph at successive majors.
“He is very, very good under pressure, and I like his chances at Hoylake," Levet said.
"He knows how to score the best in difficult situations,"
Levet himself has come close to win the winning the tournament so speaks with some authority on the topic.
In 2002, the 45-year-old was locked in a battle with Ernie Els for the title, and it took a lengthy playoff for the pair to be separated, with a bogey on the fifth extra hole proving costly for the Frenchman.
It was a test of nerve that he ultimately failed, but finding his best form under pressure is something that Kaymer has showed he is an expert at doing.
He won the US Open after leading from the first day and showing relentless pace, much like he triumphed at the Players Championship earlier this year after being at the top of the leaderboard from the opening round to the climax of the closing round.
Of course, too, he has made that memorable putt in the Ryder Cup which secured Europe’s victory over the United States and completed the Miracle of Medinah and Levet feels all those experiences put him in good stead at the British Open.
"A career could have ended out there, he could have been destroyed by that putt if he had missed it," The Frenchman pointed out. "But his career has been reinvigorated from there.
"He showed big nerves at Medinah and that helps build your nerves for tournaments like the U.S. Open and British Open. He hasn't got too many weaknesses and he has a lot of strong points so that makes him a very dangerous player in any situation."
If Kaymer was to win Hoylake he will only be one major off completing a career grand-slam, an achievement only completed by five golfers in the sport’s history. At the age of 29, he still has time on his side, too.
However, his rise to prominence has been of no surprise to Levet, who said that many golfing aficionados had spotted his talent even before he joined the European Tour.
"I was speaking about Martin with Alain de Soultrait, the director for the European Challenge Tour, and he was telling me about this German who was playing crazy golf at that time," Levet recollected.
"And I said, 'Okay, we will see what he does on the European Tour.' And then Martin comes in for his first year, his second year, he wins very quickly and gets through the rankings like crazy and goes to number one in the world.
"People knew about him long before he arrived on the European Tour. He wants to be better, he wants to improve. He's a perfectionist, after all he's German and they want to make things perfect."
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