By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Martin Kaymer ended up staying in Germany a little longer than he'd planned to help his brother celebrate his birthday.
Before the festivities, though, Kaymer spent four days with his coach, Guenter Kessler. And when the 26-year-old German returned home to Scottsdale, Ariz., last week he hit the range hard and worked on the tweaks they made to his swing.
"We've been changing a few things now in the last months now," Kaymer said. "Nothing major, just the backswing, to get a little bit closer on plane, shorten it a little bit. So that will take a little bit.
"It was important to see my coach in order to get that going, to have somebody who kind of like has a look at it all the time that I don't make any other mistakes."
Before the two went to work, Kaymer hadn’t been 100 percent happy with his swing. Not after missing the cut at the Masters, even though the reigning PGA champ followed up with a ninth-place finish in Malaysia.
After the two-week break, though, Kaymer comes to Quail Hollow -- a course he likes for the shot values as well as its aesthetics -- ready to play. He tied for 11th at the Wells Fargo Championship two years ago in his only other appearance and he has his eye on next week’s PLAYERS Championship, too.
"I really liked the golf course," Kaymer says of Quail Hollow. "It was a good preparation I thought for the Sawgrass week. I think it's a way underrated golf course. It's one of the best we play on the PGA TOUR, so there was no reason why I shouldn't come back."
While he was idle, Kaymer lost his spot atop the Official World Golf Ranking to Lee Westwood. He could regain it this week but at the same time, he understands and appreciates the volatility of the competition for world No. 1.
"At the moment anything can happen," he said. "Every week you have four or five guys up there. Anything can happen week to week, can change, and I think that is a great thing what we have in golf at the moment.
"Next week it can be an American player up there, then the other week it can be a European player up there again. So for me it was of course it is enjoyable to have that challenge every week, and if I become the No. 1 soon again, I wouldn't mind it. It's a nice spot to be in.
"But at the end of the day, it doesn't really change a lot."