After watching Germany lift the World Cup last Sunday, Martin Kaymer is hoping to make it a double success for his nation by claiming the British Open title this week.
Kaymer has taken heart from Germany’s performance at the World Cup – where they beat Argentina in extra-time to lift the trophy – and he now wants to emulate their achievements.
The 29-year-old has watched Joachim Loew’s sides triumph with great interest over the last month and when asked on what he has learnt from their World Cup campaign he focused on one particular facet of their game.
“Patience,” Kaymer explained to reporters. “They haven’t done anything special - they were good, brave and strong and they just delivered.
“There wasn’t any secrets, they just played their game, used their opportunities, didn’t make any mistakes and waited.
“Every team had a bad day here or there. Germany didn’t play great against America, but they got away with it and it's the same in golf. You have a day where you don’t play super good, but you hang in there and get something around par that keeps you in the tournament.
"You then wait for that amazing day – like they had against Brazil. At the US Open I had two of those, the first two days; at the Players I had it on the first day. It was that special day they had against Brazil.”
It is not just the football team who are considered the number one in the world, either. Despite currently not possessing the top rank there is a feeling around the golfing community that Kaymer is the man to beat at the moment.
The technically adept golfer has already had two major successes this year – claiming the US Open and the Players Championship – and he will be looking to add to his trophy cabinet again when the tournament begins at Hoylake on Thursday.
By doing so he would push himself even closer to the career grand-slam, with only the US Masters left to collect. An impressive achievement for somebody who is still under the age of 30.
But Kaymer’s success hasn’t been instantaneous. He has faced criticism and questions after an initial success back in the 2010, at the PGA Championship, wasn’t fully backed up due to some inconsistent displays.
Kaymer, though, has made a reputation for himself as one of the most composed men on the tour and his belief in himself was never tested during this wait.
“There’s hope and belief that you will make it one day," he said. “It’s about getting that possibility. At the end of the day to have success you need to be prepared and you need a chance
“I know I will be prepared – I just need to get that chance.
“If you have those two components it’s up to yourself to be brave enough to take it. I just needed those two things. I never doubted because I did those things long-term. I was not thinking I need to win another major within the next four years to prove to myself. It was not accident.
Those long-term plans may have come to fruition now, but his attention is firmly directed on the short-term and competing at the Royal Liverpool at the present moment.
If he is to win he will need to show some of the form he has when at this best this season. When Kaymer has been at the top of his game in 2014, he has been virtually unstoppable and in his two most notable triumphs he has led from start to finish.
It is that unwavering nerve that has made him the man to beat and if he can perform how he wants to then Germany will surely be celebrating once again this Sunday.
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