Martin Kaymer has won the Grand Slam of Golf after beating Bubba Watson in a play-off in Bermuda.
The US Open champion had tied with the Masters winner after 36 holes, but Kaymer managed to birdie the par-four 18th on the first extra hole to seal an impressive victory.
The German had led the two-day event when he produced an impressive round of 65 on Tuesday, but the 29-year old could only manage to card a level par during the second day.
This allowed Watson to equal his overall score after he completed his second round in 69, two-under par. The American had in fact held a two shot lead going into the 17th hole after birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th. But, a bogey on the 17th coupled with a birdie from Kaymer on the same hole saw a two-stroke swing and force a play-off.
Watson could then only par the play-off hole, allowing Kaymer to sink a seven-foot putt for birdie with the Masters champion missing from close range to hand the title to his opponent.
Although Kaymer was pleased with the win, he acknowledged that it wasn't an ideal way to seal the title after such a fine first day.
"I did more than OK this week,” said Kaymer, who won the US Open and Players Championship this season.
“Obviously, you don’t want to win a golf tournament that way. Of course, I will take it, but you don’t really want the other guy missing a short putt.”
The German admitted that he didn't expect Watson to fail to convert his putt but knew it was harder than it looked.
“Of course I was surprised he missed it,” added Kaymer. “I had a similar putt earlier in the regular round, but his was a little bit longer and I knew that it’s not an easy putt.”
Wind to blame
Watson believed that he had struck his missed putt well and feels the wind had a part to play in the ball agonisingly missing.
"I thought I hit a great putt, stroked it well,” said Watson.
"I’m guessing wind bounce, whatever you want to call it. It went this way, there’s no way that ball should go that way unless it’s wind forced. So it’s just one of those things. It was Martin’s time and not my time.”
Rory McIlroy finished third after a disappointing second round of 75, which saw him finish on two-over par, eight strokes off Kaymer and Watson. The world number one hit five bogeys and double-bogeyed the par-three 13th.
Jim Furyk finished fourth in the four-man field, one shot behind McIlroy after shooting a second round of 74.
The annual event features four of the major champions from that season but with McIlroy winning both The Open and USPGA Championship, Furyk was invited to take part.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms