With attention drawn to Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and even 15-year-old amateur Cole Hammer for this week’s U.S. Open, where is Martin Kaymer?
Defending U.S. Open champions can fly under the radar, as the 30-year-old German has done.
“A lot of times,” Kaymer said, “… I feel like (I am), which is fine.”
Yes, Kaymer is a two-time major winner; he also won the 2010 PGA Championship. But his win at Pinehurst No. 2 was 12 months ago, and other names have made notable noise since then.
Kaymer’s 2015 hasn’t been off to a great start. Plagued by misplanning, he admitted putting too much early-season emphasis on one tournament – The Masters – and once arriving at Augusta, he missed the cut (7-over 75) while 21-year-old Spieth got the nation’s attention by winning his first major.
Kaymer learned his lesson.
“It took me two or three weeks to recover from all of that,” Kaymer said. “You’d think after 10 years, you know what you’re doing, but clearly, I didn’t.”
His mindset is positive for Chambers Bay, though; he referred to playing three British Opens in 2015: Chambers Bay, St. Andrews, the site of the British Open, and Whistling Straights (PGA Championship).
“The golf course here, I think, is very similar around the greens what happened to – or the way I played Pinehurst last year,” Kaymer said.