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Golf Australia Express : Issue 10
GERMANY’S MARTIN Kaymer returned to the winner’s circle with a ruthless display of precision golf as he cruised to victory in 2010. A 14-under total for the week was more than enough for Kaymer as he ran out winner by four strokes. Starting the final round with a one-shot lead, he extended it to three with birdies at the two opening holes. Kaymer’s playing partner, Paraguayan Fabrizio Zanotti, never got going after a bogey at the first, while Swede Christian Nilsson—the other member of the final trio—came within two shots after a chip-in birdie at the 15th. Kaymer’s response to the challenge was merciless. He struck a seven-iron approach on the next to six feet before birdieing. He then finished in style with another at the last to secure a 4-under 66. SOME OF Europe’s best will be in action at Hilversumsche Golf Club this week. Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood are currently 2nd, 4th and 5th respectively in the Race to Dubai rankings, and if any hope to catch leader Luke Donald—who’s caught up playing the US FedEx Cup—a win here is essential. Can Kaymer repeat his dominant performance of last year and defend his title? He’s shown a fondness for the course and a runner- up finish at last week’s Omega European Masters shows us he’s in form. But world No.5 McIlroy will be looking for the form that saw him destroy Congressional Golf Club and the US Open field in June. The man from Northern Ireland is one of the most aggressive players on Tour; when he plays at his best he’s unstoppable. But this exuberance can cost him shots, too. A third finish last week means he too is close to achieving another win. And then there’s Westwood. Tied for 6th at the European Masters, it’s been a consistent year mixed with flashes of brilliance for the world No.2. The Englishman is the world’s highest ranked player in the field. We like his chances. OTG PEEK THE September 8-11, 2011 Hilversumsche Golf Club, NETHERLANDS Purse: €1,800,000 Defending Champ: Martin Kaymer (GER) DUTCH SHOTS What’s happening on the European Tour this week Anders Hansen DEN He’s had five Top 10s in Europe this season, was 3rd at the PGA Championship and has looked close to breaking through. OTG PICK LAST TIME AROUND WHO TO WATCH