Born:Dec 28, 1984 in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Original/Home Club:Düsseldorf, Germany.
MAJORS (2): US Open (2014); US PGA Ch'ship (2010). Ryder Cup player (2010, '12, '14, '16). Multiple wins on the European, US PGA and Sunshine tours. European Tour Order of Merit (Race to Dubai) winner (2010). Has held the official ranking of world's No.1 male golfer.
Martin Kaymer continues to live in Germany, not far from his birthplace of Düsseldorf in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
In 2022, aged 37, Kaymer was enticed onto Greg Norman's "rebel" LIV Golf series. Bankrolled by Saudi Arabia, this breakaway rival to the main international tours offered massive prize funds, guaranteed payouts and, for some, eye-watering signing-on bonuses. With two major championships to his name but no recent main tour wins, Kaymer joined LIV Golf alongside a few notable but "ageing" golf stars, and an abundance of lower-ranked "unknowns".
Played as The Players Championship (May 8-11). Second-placed Jim Furyk (USA) finished 1 shot behind Kaymer (Ger), who claimed his second PGA Tour win. [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
The US Open (114th) (June 12-15). Second-placed Rickie Fowler (USA) and Erik Compton (USA) finished 8 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Kaymer (Ger), who became the first German to win the U.S. Open. Kaymer, Fowler and Compton were the only players to finish the tournament under par. [No.2 Course, Pinehurst Resort, NC].
Played as the (last) PGA Grand Slam of Golf (Oct 14/15; 36-hole unofficial PGA Tour event for the season's four Major winners). Tied after 36 holes, Kaymer (US Open) beat Bubba Watson (The Masters) at the first playoff hole. Third on 144 was Rory McIlroy (The Open and US PGA). Fourth on 145 was Jim Furyk (previous major winner). [Port Royal GC, Southampton, Bermuda].
Played as the Nedbank Golf Challenge (Nov 29-Dec 2; Sunshine Tr event; limited field of 12 top tour professionals). Second-placed Charl Schwartzel (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Kaymer (Ger). [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].
Played as the WGC-HSBC Champions (Nov 3-6; co-sanctioned by world's leading mens professional tours). Second-placed Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) finished 3 shots behind Kaymer (Ger). [Sheshan Intl GC, Shanghai, China].
Played as the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship (Jan 20-23; European Tour event). Second-placed Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) finished 8 shots behind defending champion Martin Kaymer (Ger), who won this event for the third time in four years. [Abu Dhabi GC, UAE].
Martin Kaymer (Ger) won the 2010 European Tour Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of his peers.
Played as the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship (Jan 21-24; European Tour event). Second-placed Ian Poulter (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Martin Kaymer (Ger), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Abu Dhabi GC, UAE].
Played as the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (Oct 7-10). Second-placed Danny Willett (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Martin Kaymer (Ger), who claimed his third European Tour win in 2010. [Old Course, St Andrews, Fife. Earlier rounds of this pro-am event also played at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns].
Played as the KLM Open (Sept 9-12). Second-placed Christian Nilsson (Swe) and Fabrizio Zanotti (Para) finished 4 shots behind Kaymer (Ger). [Hilversumsche GC, Hilversum, nr Amsterdam].
Kaymer (Ger) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Graeme McDowell (N.Ire) was second with 70.07; Charl Schwartzel (RSA) was third with 70.13.
Race to Dubai
Kaymer (Ger) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 2010 Race to Dubai (Order of Merit) winner. Kaymer finished the season with European Tour earnings of €4,461,010, which included his Race to Dubai winner's bonus of US$1,500,000. Graeme McDowell (N.Ire) was second with €3,896,996; Lee Westwood (Eng) was third with €3,222,423. Kaymer became only the second German (after Bernhard Langer) to win the European Tour Order of Merit.
Martin Kaymer (Ger) and Graeme McDowell (N.Ire) jointly won the European Tour Race to Dubai Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour, golf writers, and TV and radio commentators. The panel felt both players achieved equally outstanding results in 2010.
The US PGA Championship (92nd) (Aug 12-15). First-time major championship winner Kaymer (Ger) beat Bubba Watson (USA) in a three-hole playoff: Kaymer 11 (E), Watson 12 (+1). Dustin Johnson (USA) just missed out on the playoff after incurring a two-shot penalty for grounding his club in a bunker on the final hole. Johnson, who had a one-shot lead at the time, didn't realise the "sand scrape" was deemed to be part of a bunker. [Straits course, Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin].
Played as the Barclays Scottish Open (July 9-12). Second-placed Raphaël Jacquelin (Fra) and Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (Esp) finished 2 shots behind Martin Kaymer (Ger), who recorded his second European Tour win in as many weeks. [Loch Lomond GC, Luss, Dunbartonshire].
Played as the Open de France Alstom (July 2-5). Kaymer (Ger) beat Lee Westwood (Eng) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Albatros course, Golf National, Guyancourt, nr Paris].
Played as the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship (Jan 17-20; European Tour event). Second-placed Henrik Stenson (Swe) and Lee Westwood (Eng) finished 4 shots behind 23-year-old Martin Kaymer (Ger), who recorded his first European Tour win. [Abu Dhabi GC, UAE].
Played as the BMW International Open (June 19-22). Martin Kaymer (Ger) beat Anders Hansen (Den) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to become the first home-country winner of the 20-year-old BMW International Open. [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].
Kaymer (Ger) won the European Tour 2007 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. Kaymer finished 41st on the Tour's Order of Merit, with earnings of €754,691.
Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).
Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).
Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.
Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.
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