November 2 2013
Kaymer birdie en route to course record at HSBC
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Starting the weekend a dozen shots off the pace and tied for 38th isn't an ideal position but Martin Kaymer made the most of it Saturday at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.
Kaymer, who won this event in 2011 -- the last time it was contested at Sheshan International -- racked up a staggering 10 birdies Saturday to post a course record 10-under. After rounds of 70 and 74 to open the event, Kaymer finds himself well inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.
Whether that puts the 2010 PGA Champion within striking distance of picking up his second official PGA TOUR victory will depend on the Saturday finishes of Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter -- the two names above Kaymer's on the leaderboard when he completed his round.
Kaymer was one of six players to have a share of the previous course record, shooting a 9-under 63 at Sheshan in the final round of his 2011 HSBC Champions victory.
The German started his round on the tenth tee and had two runs of three birdies separated by a par on No. 13 before making the turn in 6-under 30. He picked up his seventh birdie on No. 2 and added three more on holes 4-6 before finishing his round with back-to-back-to-back pars.
Through the first 36 holes, Kaymer had a dozen birdies, eight bogeys and two doubles but he eliminated those big numbers and upped the birdie count Saturday to turn his week around.