Kaymer: Lack of prac­tice led to win­less 2015 sea­son

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SHANG­HAI: Dou­ble ma­jor cham­pion Martin Kaymer ad­mit­ted yes­ter­day that his win­less 2015 sea­son was down to lack of prac­tice. Kaymer won the US Open and the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship in a stel­lar 2014 as well as help­ing Europe to win the Ry­der Cup for a third time in suc­ces­sion. But he tees off in the BMW Mas­ters in Shang­hai on Thurs­day still search­ing for his first vic­tory this cam­paign with a third in Abu Dhabi way back in Jan­uary and a play-off loss to Rikard Karl­berg in Italy in Septem­ber the clos­est he has come.

When asked why he had en­dured the bar­ren run, his an­swer was sim­ple and hon­est. “I prac­tised less,” said the Ger­man world num­ber 26. “The sea­son so far, I wouldn’t rate great be­cause I haven’t won a tour­na­ment.

“I’ve had a few top-10s here and there but in the end of the day, we all play for wins,” Kaymer told a news con­fer­ence at Lake Malaren, venue for this week’s penul­ti­mate tour­na­ment in the Euro­pean Tour sea­son. He also hinted that he pos­si­bly cel­e­brated the wins too hard, but was fo­cused on putting things right ahead of a po­ten­tially huge 2016 which will fea­ture golf’s re­turn to the Olympic Games and the Ry­der Cup. “Ev­ery­thing is lead­ing up to those sort of big games next year,” said Kaymer.

“Last year was a very spe­cial year and for me it’s very im­por­tant that if you have big wins that you enjoy the wins, so they have a mean­ing to you. “Some say it’s right, some say it’s wrong. For me, it’s the best way to enjoy the wins and to mo­ti­vate my­self for new goals.” He has few op­por­tu­ni­ties left this year to get back in the win­ning habit, and it’s clear he would like some mo­men­tum go­ing into the off-sea­son. “I have an­other two tour­na­ments left this year that count for the Race to Dubai, and then two that I’m go­ing to play af­ter that (the Ned­bank Cham­pi­onship in South Africa and the Thai­land Golf Cham­pi­onship), so hope­fully I can pick up an­other win.

“Usu­ally I don’t have a sea­son with­out a win and I don’t want that this year.” Kaymer is cur­rently 20th in the Race to Dubai and could force his way into the top 15 who qual­ify for a share of the $7.5 mil­lion bonus pool if he can win the BMW Mas­ters this week.

“Well, the bonus is nice, but it’s just a fi­nan­cial thing,” said Kaymer. “You know, in the end of the day, my goal is to really fin­ish as high as pos­si­ble. Some­where in the top 10 (in the Race to Dubai), that would be good.” — AFP

SHANG­HAI: Martin Kaymer of Ger­many tees off dur­ing the pro am event ahead of the BMW Shang­hai Mas­ters golf tour­na­ment at the Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shang­hai yes­ter­day. — AFP

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