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May 15 2011

1:07 AM

Kaymer starts fast, cools off

By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Four-under on his first four holes. Five-under on his first seven. Martin Kaymer grinned just thinking about it. Shot to seven inches at the first. A tap-in birdie at the second from five inches. A long one -- 3 1/2 feet -- at the third. And an 18-inch birdied at the fourth. "It was a fantastic start,'' said the former world No. 1. "Unfortunately, it didn't last.'' Maybe not, but even after three straight bogeys at the eighth, ninth and 10th and a birdie at the 11th, he walked off the course 3-under when play was called at 3-under for the day and 8-under for the tournament. Just three shots off the on-the-course lead held by Nick Watney and Graeme McDowell. He'll start the day Sunday play at the 13th tee. "You just know you have to prepare for a long day,'' he said.
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