…in the end he’s the one laughing—with a $2.25 million smile.
I’m not good at betting and my money definitely wouldn’t be on Rory lately, but after quite a long period of time during which he wasn’t able to win or at least substantially satisfy, he came out with a win at the 2019 Players Championship, the unofficial 5th major tournament.
This young bloke is in the hunt for the career slam and personally I keep my fingers crossed for him. I wish him well, wish he’s able to make a move on the PGA Tour and in particular in the majors (and in the Ryder Cup, but that’s a different story). He has the potential and, believe it or not, he matured and is able to get his head around things happening on the course.
What you saw over the weekend was a crystal clear Rory McIlroy, focussing on the next shot, on the win, on getting better and taking a lesson from every suboptimal shot. There were indeed some as putting is actually not his strong suit, but boy can he drive the ball off the tee! And I’m not sure if I would stand the pressure to take out driver on the 18th on Sunday that close to Jim Furyk, risking a play-off.
Rors did and he did win this prestigious tournament in fashion. Frankly I missed a big jubilance and thought he was a bit too cold, but that’s I guess the case when you won dozens of tournaments and your big aim is that huge career slam—with the rest being just practice under tougher conditions.
It really happened, unexpectedly. Not only is Martin Kaymer able again to win, but suddenly I realise what such a smart and nice guy he is.
After his frustration at some Masters appearances and his lack of ability to properly draw the ball he decided to fully step back and worked on a complete new swing – together with his coach Günter Kessler. During this period he basically didn’t win a single thing and lived a frustrated life in the lower ranks of the leaderboard, playing less tournaments, missing some cuts here and there… overall a very frustrating period I reckon.
And then last weekend – The Players Championship weekend – almost the golf world’s fifth major tournament: Kaymer had a great first day – not a single bogey, 9 pars, 9 birdies: a record first-nine-holes stretch and the top spot on the leaderboard. On day two and the three he played very solid golf, only scored 2 bogeys on each day and stayed in P1, closely followed by Jordan Spieth, the young upcoming US-American.
On final day he played brilliant golf and managed to increase the lead to 4 shots – just when the weather got worse and play had been interrupted due to lightning. After 90mins of annoying waiting it was almost dark and the guys had to complete the tricky 15-16-17-18… not an easy task.
Kaymer did manage though to stay in the lead and brings home another great trophy which will bring back confidence, self belief and strong will to work himself upwards the world golf ranking list and to get back into the Ryder Cup team for later this year.
He’s is absolutely able to win again! And after watching the press conference it changed a thought process for me as well. I always was kinda reluctant towards Kaymer. Even as a German I wasn’t overly convinced I’d like that guy. Very little emotions, playing in the US rather than in Europe, just a little to plain for my liking.
But probably that’s exactly what German golf is like, probably that’s exactly what Germany needed: No big show – pure efficiency and commitment. Compare that with Langer – he’s not a clown either. Rock solid, pure honesty and absolutely grounded. That might be the winning recipe – at least it was for this tournament.
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Final round recap