Kaymer hopes history repeats in Dunhill

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 03, 2012
Ryder Cup winner Martin Kaymer hopes to repeat history in the Dunhill Links Championship starting on Thursday. Two years ago, the German followed a Ryder Cup victory by winning at St. Andrews by three strokes, including an approach shot off a road that set up birdie on his final hole. After making the clinching putt for Europe at Medinah on Sunday, he's back with manager Johann Elliot as his amateur partner for the pro-am. ''The first time I played in the Ryder Cup I came here a week later and won the Dunhill Links and it would be nice to do that again,'' Kaymer said. ''I know that Johann is really looking forward to the week and so am I. ''So now after the wonderful ride and the journey last week it's time to focus on this week's tournament.'' That won't be easy after such a high. Also, Europe teammates Paul Lawrie and Peter Hanson are in the field, along with American Ryder Cup player Dustin Johnson to stir up memories. Kaymer has admitted countryman Bernhard Langer was on his mind as he stood over the six-foot putt to win the Ryder Cup. Langer missed a putt of similar length to concede the cup in 1991. Langer talked to the team last Wednesday, but Kaymer was keen to know more about his experiences and asked him on Friday night for a one-on-one on Saturday. ''So we sat down for an hour and talked about a bunch of stuff, and that was very nice and it inspired me more,'' Kaymer said. ''It gave me the right attitude for the Sunday.'' When the match set up for him to win it, Kaymer brushed aside the pressure. ''It was such a fine line between being the hero or the biggest idiot,'' Kaymer said. ''Fortunately, it went the right way.'' The normally self-controlled Kaymer was embarrassed later with how he reacted, by running and jumping into the arms of teammate Sergio Garcia. ''I asked my brother if I looked ridiculous on TV because I was in a complete new zone, and I have never seen myself like this,'' Kaymer said. ''He said, `No, no, you're fine.' He even said it did not look ridiculous, and it's a good thing, because it came natural. It's how you felt, it's a true feeling, it doesn't matter. ''So I've watched my reaction a few times on TV and YouTube and stuff. Yeah, it's didn't look that bad.'' The Dunhill Links is played over three holes, finishing at St. Andrews. South Africans Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel and Ireland's Padraig Harrington are playing, and among the amateurs are swimmer Michael Phelps, double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius, actor Greg Kinnear, footballer Johan Cruyff and cricketers Ian Botham, Shane Warne, and Brian Lara.
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