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Golf Australia Express : July 2014
H AVE you seen Terminator 5: The Kaymernator yet? It's well worth a look. Starts with a bang, kind of loses its way in the middle, but reaches its crescendo with a grandstand finish that's worth buying popcorn for. Given the events of recent weeks, it's easy to forget that earlier this season, Martin Kaymer was gathering dust on the bottom shelf of the DVD racks. After missing the cut at the Shell Houston Open, the 29-year-old slipped to a world ranking of 63 — his lowest mark since 2008 and the culmination of some extremely lean years. Kaymer's name, of course, is usually preceded by the moniker "former world No.1". Depending on your outlook, it's either a reminder of how good he was, or a little barb designed to highlight how far he'd fallen. He earned that No.1 title when he toppled Tiger Woods from top spot after finishing second at the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. It was a somewhat hollow achievement. There wasn't a person on the planet who truly believed he was the best golfer in the world. He was the No.1 player. But he wasn't the best player. And eight weeks later he proved it, losing the top ranking and beginning a slide that saw him miss the cut at the Masters and the PGA Championship and fail to register a single top 10 result until he broke through and won the WGC-HSBC Champions eight months later. In 2012, his best results on the PGA Tour were ninth-place finishes at those same two WGC events, while last year yielded just three top 10s from 17 events. Systems short-circuited. Mainframe down. Whatever ailed the once smooth- swinging German, it was almost terminal. The No.1 ranking — with its inherent pressures, demands and expectations — was his T-1000, and it didn't stop until it had its man. THERE WASN'T A PERSON ON THE PLANET WHO TRULY BELIEVED HE WAS THE BEST GOLFER IN THE WORLD. the COVER