Sunday, June 22, 2008

An Inspired Performance for Kaymer

Martin Kaymer walked into the final round of the BMW International with a six shot lead. With how he played his final round, though, he let that lead evaporate to Anders Hansen. He was left to birdie the par 5 18th to force a playoff. He reached in two and nearly sank an eagle putt to claim the title outright. Instead, he made birdie and forced sudden death with Hansen.

In the playoff, Hansen went from bunker to bunker. Kaymer dissected the hole to put the ball to 7 feet in two and two putted for the win. It is Kaymer's second victory of the season. He won Abu Dhabi in January with a six shot final round lead. He won that by four.

To Hansen's credit, though, he was coming off on an injury:

Hansen, who had knee surgery under a month ago and was originally told he could be out for four to six weeks, had been eight behind at the start of the day, but closed with two 67s.
Even more to Kaymer's credit, he avoided any golf this week to tend to his mother who is very ill.

A couple of great performances from guys motivated by different reasons.

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