Kaymer breaks winless season at Nedbank

Martin Kaymer wanted one victory from his 2012 season, and finally achieved his goal with a two-stroke victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday.

“I’m very happy to finally win this year, that was the most important thing for me, because I was practicing very hard, I played very well the last few weeks and months, but it just did not happen for me on the golf course. I said to Craig, my caddy, we have to win one tournament every year and this is our last chance, fortunately we could bring it home,” he said.

The German’s win was preceeded by countryman Bernhard Langer’s victory in the Nedbank Champions Challenge. It’s the first time that Gary Player Country Club has produced winners from the same country.

“Bernhard has been a very, very big help for me. There was a little bit more pressure today, everybody was talking about the German double. I am very fortunate that everything worked out the way I was hoping it would and obviously very nice from Bernhard that he congratulated me straight away,” said Kaymer.

The former world number one began the day one stroke ahead, raced forward with an eagle at the second and then speed wobbled with a double-bogey at the third. He regrouped with a run of five pars and, once settled, stretched out his lead with three birdies around the turn.

On the back stretch Charl Schwartzel made his move and managed to get within a stroke. Although he’s recovered from a torn intercostal muscle, he still seems to lack that killer instinct that earned him a green jacket in 2011. He struggled to capitalize on opportunities over the closing holes and went on to set the clubhouse lead at six-under-par for the tournament.

That left Kaymer to a comfortable two-stroke lead heading down the 18th, and the Ryder Cup hero knew exactly how to close out the tournament. His victory marks the fifth consecutive international winner at the $5-million tournament.

American Bill Haas carded a final-round 71 to claim sole third, while Louis Oosthuizen never got the hang of the greens and floundered to sole fourth with his Sunday 74.

Defending champion Lee Westwood’s chances were destroyed by a seven at the par-five 14th, and the Englishman finished sole fifth with his one-under-par total.

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