Germany’s Martin Kaymer is getting more attention for his six-foot putt to finish Europe’s 2012 Ryder Cup fightback victory. More than for any competition he has ever won.
On Thursday, the 31-year-old captain’s choice evaluated his place in the Cup, where Europe seeks their fourth win in a row over the U.S.
“People recognize my career more because of the Ryder Cup putt than any other tournament I ever won in my career,” said Martin Kaymer, a two-time significant champion.
Martin Kaymer winning the 2010 PGA Championship and 2014 US Open, is seen as a leader after helping the previous three Europe wins. However, he prefers a quiet role that lets him concentrate on his skills.
“I don’t see myself as somebody who has to be a leader just because it’s my fourth time,” Martin Kaymer said. “Every player has their roles in the team, and I think you always have to respect where everybody is and let them do what they do best. That’s why the team is so great because everybody knows what they have to do.”
With six newcomers to the Ryder Cup on the European roster, Kaymer says they have formed bonds as the rookies play with and against veterans in practice.
Martin Kaymer Receiving National Attention
“It’s a very calm atmosphere in our team room. We just get along very well, and we care,” Kaymer said. “If you care for each other and take your ego out, and just play for the other 11 men, it makes you very proud and therefore there’s such a good energy and a lot of strength.”
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Martin Kaymer recalls his first pairs partner from 2010 and another pick by captain Darren Clarke, England’s Lee Westwood, making his 10th Cup appearance and being a key to his Cup debut.
“He helped me a lot, especially on that Friday morning when we played,” he said. “He brings a lot of calmness and peace into the team room, but also a lot of strength. I think that mix is very rare.”
Martin Kaymer understands that he doesn’t have to copy the heroic highlights on television when in a match. And tries to pass along the lesson.
Martin Kaymer knows better now.
“I hope the rookies somehow try to find a way to calm down and enjoy what they do,” Kaymer said. “It’s way too serious sometimes. I really hope the rookies can enjoy the amazing life experience that they are going to have.”