Your one-stop source on THE PLAYERS 2014 champion
May 12, 2014
Your one-stop source on THE PLAYERS 2014 champion
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Germany's Martin Kaymer survived a double bogey on the 15th hole by making a clutch par putt from 28-1/2 feet at the iconic 17th hole in near-darkness to win THE PLAYERS Championship on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass. Here's a one-stop source for the new champion:
THOUGHTS FROM THE CHAMPION
On the pressure of winning THE PLAYERS vs. the pressure of winning the 2010 PGA Championship: "I think the pressure and the feeling was pretty much the same when you compare the PGA and this one. I don't really make a difference. The name is different. There's no major behind the tournament here, but at the end of the day, for all of us it's a major. It's the biggest field. It's a tough golf course, a very tough week, and very difficult to beat all of those guys."
On leading the tournament since opening with a 63 on Thursday: "I never really lost the lead, so you can only lose the tournament then once you lead. It was quite a long week of pressure."
On his tee shot at 17 that barely cleared the water: "It was a good shot I thought, and that was all I could do. If it's unlucky and goes in the water, I have to congratulate Jim (Furyk). It didn't, so I won the tournament. There's not much you can change. It is what it is."
On making par at the 17th with a clutch 28-1/2 foot putt: "It was a very strange way to make a 3."
On whether he was thinking about his late mother on Mother's Day: "I think about her every day. I don't need a Mother's Day."
BULLET POINTS ON THE CHAMPION
· 2010 PGA Championship winner captures his second career PGA TOUR victory at the age of 29
years, 4 months and 13 days in his 74th career start on the PGA TOUR. He also won the 2011
WGC-HSBC Champions, his 10th and most recent European Tour victory.
· Last worldwide victory was the 2012 Nedbank Golf Challenge on the Sunshine Tour.
· Collects 600 FedExCup points and moves to No. 18 in the FedExCup standings.
· Projected to move to No. 27 in the Official World Golf Ranking from No. 62.
· Becomes the seventh player in PLAYERS Championship history to carry at least a share of each
round’s lead to victory, joining Al Geiberger (1975), Jack Nicklaus (1978), Nick Price (1993), Greg
Norman (1994), Steve Elkington (1997) and Hal Sutton (2000).
· Becomes the 12th different international winner and the fourth European player, joining Sandy Lyle
(1987), Sergio Garcia (2008) and Henrik Stenson (2009).
· With this victory, coupled with his PGA Championship, Martin Kaymer will be eligible for the World Golf
Hall of Fame the year he turns 40.
· Becomes the sixth international to win on the PGA TOUR this season
· Kaymer’s final-round 71 was the highest score for a winner at THE PLAYERS since Sergio Garcia
posted an identical 71 in 2008.
· Becomes the 11th player to win in his 20s on the PGA TOUR this season (12 wins).
· Tied the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass course record of 63 in the first round; recorded first-ever
29 on either nine on the front nine during the first round.
KAYMER BY THE NUMBERS
|Category||Statistic||Rank in field|
|Fairways hit||36 of 56 (64.3%)||Tied for 39th|
|Greens hit||54 of 72 (75%)||3rd|
|Driving distance||290.3 yards||19th|
|Sand save percentage||7 of 10 (70%)||13th|
|Scrambling||14 of 18 (77.8%)||4th|
|Total birdies||19||Tied for 9th|
||6.94%||Tied for 1st|
• Kaymer played the par-3, par-4 and par 5-holes -3, -2 and -8 to par respectively. Just two other players over the past 15 years at the PLAYERS have been able to post numbers as well as Kaymer did this week. In 2010, Lucas Glover played the par-3 holes 3 under par, the par 4’s 2 under and the par 5’s 9 under. And in 2003, Davis Love III played the par 3, 4, and 5’s 3, 4 and 10 under par respectively.
• In sinking a putt on the 71st hole (the island green 17th) on Sunday from 28-1/2 feet to preserve his one-shot win, Kaymer becomes the first player in the SHOTLink era to make a putt from 28 feet or greater on his 71st hole of play and win the event by a stroke.
• Kaymer found himself in 10 greenside bunkers during the week. He was able to average 5 feet, 11 inches to the pin on his sand shots, enabling him to have successful saves on seven of those bunkers. In the SHOTLink era, no other player has had a better average to the pin when finding at least as many bunkers as Kaymer did this week.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT KAYMER
"He was a machine up until the 14th. After that, he only hit one green in regulation, and it was probably the most excruciating finish to get to the clubhouse. Each and every shot he was hitting became so much more difficult for him. What a gutty, gutty finish.” -- Frank Nobilo on the Golf Channel
“Throughout the week he had to stand in front of the media center and answer all of these questions. I don’t know if I have heard anybody more lucid on what he has been through and what he is about to go through. There is a sweetness to his golf swing and to his demeanor. It was a very enjoyable week from start to finish.” -- Brandel Chamblee on the Golf Channel
“A little bit of nerves got exposed after the rain delay. But I am using the word resiliency, because I haven’t seen that kind of resiliency and turning it around with a great putt on 17 and a great putt on 18.” -- Tripp Isenhour on the Golf Channel