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German Martin Kaymer wins PGA golf championship

AFP/The Local · 16 Aug 2010, 08:06

Published: 16 Aug 2010 08:06 GMT+02:00

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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and American Zach Johnson shared third, missing the three-hole playoff by one shot.

Dustin Johnson appeared to be set to join Watson and Kaymer in the playoff but the American was slapped with a two-stroke penalty immediately after his round finished for grounding his club in a bunker on the 18th hole.

Kaymer, 25, made a two-foot bogey putt on the final hole of the playoff in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to win his first major championship.

“There’s nothing bigger,” Kaymer told a press conference after the tournament.

Kaymer joins US Open winner Graeme McDowell and British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen as first-time major winners this season. Six of the past seven major champions have been first-time major winners.

In the playoff Kaymer and Watson exchanged birdies on the first two holes before Watson got into trouble on the final hole, the par-four 18.

His approach landed in the water and his next shot sailed over the green. Watson chipped onto the green and even hit the flag stick, but it was too little too late as he had to settle for a double-bogey six.

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That left Kaymer with two putts to close it out and collect his second victory of 2010. The 25-year-old from Mettmann won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship earlier this year on the European Tour.

The only other German to win a major golf tournament is Bernhard Langer, who won the Masters tournament in 1985 and 1993.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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13:56 August 16, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Bravo Martin Kaymer!

I've been following his progress on the European tour for the past couple of years and he has been very impressive, not only as a player but as a modest young man. Winning one of the majors is a life-changing event for him, and should be a great boost for German golf. Well done indeed!
15:05 August 16, 2010 by hanskarl
I agree. I watched the final playoff hole and the ceremony and his comments. It is refreshing to see someone who is not so full of themselves. It is a great moment for German golf. Bernhard Langer is a great golfer and Martin is only the second German to win a US Major event.

And the most notable part was to hear the final words of the American announcer, Jim Nance, state: A German wins his first major and he does it in Wisconsin, a state where 42% of the population are of German ancestry.
15:52 August 16, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I always like Langer until I met him. He's still a fine player, but his bible-thumping is insufferable. I wish guys like Langer and Corey Pavin and Zack ("Jesus was with me every step of the way") Johnson would just play golf and keep their religious beliefs to themselves.
16:22 August 16, 2010 by auniquecorn
It´s good to se new names at the top for a change.
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