Martin Kaymer is well known to golf fans in the UAE. He was in his second year on the European Tour in 2008 when he won the Abu Dhabi Championship, then two weeks later finished birdie-birdie-eagle in Dubai to finish one shot behind Tiger Woods. "You've got to watch this kid play," Ernie Els said at the time. "He's going to be something, I promise you." Consider the promise fulfilled. Kaymer won again in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, and earned the biggest victory of his career on Sunday, when he won the US PGA Championship in a three-hole play-off over Bubba Watson.
After the drama of Dustin Johnson missing the play-off because of a penalty on the final hole, Kaymer won the play-off with two-foot bogey putt on the final hole. He calmly plucked the ball from the cup and had to muster up some emotion to commemorate his first major. "If I would have made that par putt in the play-off, I probably would have freaked out," Kaymer said. "But it was only a little bit more than a foot, one and a half feet, to win it. And when I was walking toward the putt, I just thought I should really think about that feeling, what I have now. I really wanted to enjoy that moment."
* Associated Press