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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Kaymer's performance lost in the shuffle

Lost in the shuffle at the PGA Championship was how well Martin Kaymer played and how poor Nick Watney was.

Kaymer had just two bogeys in his last 54 holes and made several clutch putts along the way.

The German became the first person from his country not named Bernhard Langer to win a major.

Langer won the 1985 and 1993 Masters.

Kaymer jumped from No. 13 in the world to No. 5 with his maiden major championship victory.

He did it with about a 15-foot par saving putt at the 72nd hole just to get into the clubhouse at 11 under, where Bubba Watson had finished at.

Then Dustin Johnson's two-stroke penalty cost D.J. a spot in a three-way playoff paved the way for Kaymer and Watson to duel for the Wanamaker Trophy.

Kaymer fought back after Watson birdied the first playoff hole, with about another 15-footer for birdie at the second playoff hole.

Then Kaymer opted for the layup and conservative approach after Watson smashed his approach on the final playoff hole in the water.

His two-putt bogey was good enough to lift the trophy.

Meanwhile, Watney did his best Dustin Johnson impersonation.

Watney had birdied the first two holes in each of the first three rounds.

However, he doubled the first hole and his triple bogey at No. 7 ended any chance at his first major.

Watney ended up with an 81, which was reminiscent of how Johnson blew up his final round of the U.S. Open earlier this year at Pebble Beach.

In fairness to Johnson, he did redeem himself with the way he played down the stretch at Whistling Straits.

Johnson was three back with six holes to play and entered the 72nd hole with a one-stroke lead before fate and ill-timing entered the picture.

To read about my feelings about the situation, click here

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