Kaymer repeats, passes Tiger for No. 2|
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Sports Network) - Germany's Martin Kaymer
fired a six-under 66 Sunday to repeat as champion at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf
Championship and bump Tiger Woods from the No. 2 world ranking.
Kaymer cruised to an eight-stroke win and set a new tournament scoring record,
finishing at 24-under-par 264 to break the old mark by three shots at Abu
Dhabi Golf Club's National Course.
Paul Casey posted 267 in 2009 and Kaymer matched that total last year.
With his ninth European Tour victory, the reigning PGA Championship winner
knocked Woods to No. 3 in the world rankings and gave Europe the top two spots
for the first time since July 1993, when Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer held
"I think for Lee (Westwood) and me, it's a very nice position to be No. 1 and
2 in the world. You can see how strong European golf became the last few
years, and not only through the Ryder Cup, but if you have a look at the major
winners last year," Kaymer stated in reference to three European Tour regulars
winning majors in 2010.
Kaymer won this title for the third time in four years, as he also won in 2008
and 2010. For the second straight week, the European Tour had a repeat winner.
Last week, Charl Schwartzel successfully defended his title at the Joburg
Rory McIlroy closed with a three-under 69 to take second place at minus-16.
Reigning U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell carded a five-under 67 to join
two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen in third place at 14-under-par 274.
Goosen closed with the best round of the day, an eight-under 64.
Masters champion Phil Mickelson managed a two-under 70 to finish tied for 37th
Westwood, the world No. 1, struggled to his second straight one-over 73. He
ended in a share of 64th at plus-two.
Kaymer led McIlroy by five strokes entering the final round, and it never got
closer. The duo played together in the final group and both opened with
birdies on the par-five second.
The 26-year-old German made it two in a row with a birdie on the third, and
was suddenly seven clear of the field after McIlroy bogeyed No. 3.
Kaymer parred six in a row from the fourth to turn at minus-20. McIlroy fell
eight shots back as he dropped another stroke on the fifth. He did rebound
with a birdie on the sixth.
Around the turn, Kaymer sealed the win with more birdies and pars. He birdied
the 10th and 13th. After McIlroy got within six with a birdie on the 15th,
Kaymer birdied 16 and 18 to win by eight.
"It was just one of those weeks when everything goes my way," said Kaymer.
"It's just the perfect course for me. It was more difficult, but I hit a lot
of fairways and my putting was amazing."
Kaymer finished the event with 25 birdies and a lone bogey. That dropped shot
came on his 12th hole of the opening round, meaning he played the final 60
holes without making another bogey.
Dating to last year's tournament, Kaymer has just one bogey in his last 85
holes at Abu Dhabi Golf Club and only two in his last 96 holes.
McIlroy had two bogeys and two birdies on the front nine. He had three more
birdies on the back nine to give him his third straight top-five finish at
"I happy with the week. If anything, I could have put a little pressure on
Martin early on, but when he goes out and shoots 66, there is not much you can
do about that," McIlroy stated. "After the bogey on the fifth hole, I was just
trying to consolidate second place."
NOTES: The have been three winners in the six years of this tournament -
Kaymer, Casey (2007 & 2009) and Chris DiMarco (2006)...Kaymer was the only
player with four rounds in the 60s and was one of 14 players to break par all
four days...After winning once in his first 82 European Tour starts, Kaymer
now has eight wins in his last 18 starts...The tour heads to the Kingdom of
Bahrain next week for a new event, the Volvo Tournament of Champions.
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