Martin Kaymer defeats field and 90-minute rain delay
Former world No. 1 and major champion Martin Kaymer who started the week by matching the course record with a round of 63, nearly blew a three-shot lead after a 90-minute rain delay until he holed a 30-foot putt for par on the famous island green. He got up and down with his putter on the 18th green for one last par and a 1-under 71. Kaymer finished at 13-under 275 and joined an elite group by winning the biggest event on golf’s strongest tour. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott are the only other players to win a major, a World Golf Championship and The Players Championship.
“My mother was always there to be affectionate and show us love,” Kaymer said in a taped interview with NBC Sports. “When my mom passed away, that stopped. We had enough when we were younger. Mother’s Day is always a nice day. I hope a lot of kids show their mothers we love them.”
It was the 14th victory worldwide for Kaymer, ended an 0-for-29 drought. His last win was at the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa at the end of 2012, right after he delivered the crucial point for Europe in its Ryder Cup comeback. Kaymer was No. 1 in the world in February 2011 until he wanted to retool his swing to be able to hit a greater variety of shots. He needed all of them Sunday.