Martin Kaymer Holds Lead In Grand Slam Of Golf.
US Open champion Martin Kaymer holds a two-shot lead at the end of day one of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
The tournament pits the winners of the four majors against each other over two rounds in Bermuda, with Kaymer lining up alongside Masters champion Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy, who triumphed in The Open and the US PGA Championship.
Jim Furyk completes the bill due to McIlroy having won two of the four showpiece events this year.
Germany's Kaymer was quick out of the blocks on Tuesday and hit birdies on the opening two holes to assume control of the leaderboard.
American duo Watson and Furyk had to wait until the fifth hole before making a dent in that lead, but Kaymer responded with a birdie and an eagle on the sixth and seventh holes respectively.
A bogey at 13 proved to be the only blot on an otherwise unblemished copybook for Kaymer, who gained a further two shots on the back nine to end the day at six under par.
Having started well, McIlroy hit a sticky patch as he approached the midway point, hitting bogeys on eight and nine, and he ended the day two strokes adrift of second-placed Watson, who is four under.
Furyk brought up the rear at one over at close of play on Tuesday after finding life particularly difficult in the second half of his round.
For Kaymer, who finished one shot off tying the course record at the Port Royal Golf Course, consistency was the key to his solid start.
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Martin Kaymer (born 28 December 1984) is a German professional golfer.
A winner of two major championships, he was also the No. 1 ranked golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking for eight weeks in 2011.
Born in Düsseldorf, West Germany, Kaymer turned professional at age 20 in 2005 and is a member of the European Tour.
He has won eleven tournaments on the tour including four in 2010 to win for the first time the Race to Dubai, formerly the Order of Merit.
Among those wins was the PGA Championship in the United States, which made him only the second German (after Bernhard Langer) to win a major championship.
He also won the WGC-HSBC Champions to become the tenth player to win both a major title and a World Golf Championship event.
Kaymer sank a putt on the 18th hole on the final day of the Ryder Cup in 2012, which retained the cup for Europe and successfully overturned a four-point deficit against the United States at the start of the final day's play.
In May 2014, Kaymer won the The Players Championship-the flagship event of the PGA Tour- a month later, he led each round of the U.S. Open and won his second major by eight strokes.
In May 2014, Kaymer earned a wire-to-wire win at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, finishing -13 for a one-shot victory over runner-up Jim Furyk.
He started the week with a course record-tying 63 in the first round at the Stadium Course of TPC at Sawgrass, joining Fred Couples (1992), Greg Norman (1994), and Roberto Castro (2013). He played the front nine (his second nine) in 29 (−7).
This was the first time ever, back or front nine, that a player shot below 30 through nine holes at The Players.
The final round was delayed due to bad weather while Kaymer was playing the 14th hole.
He holed a difficult 28-foot (8.5 m) par putt (with a huge downhill left-to-right-break) on the 17th green to retain his one-stroke lead.
His approach shot on 18 was short of the green but he holed the winning putt for par in near darkness and avoided a three-hole playoff.
He became the fourth European to win this event (Sandy Lyle in 1987, Sergio García in 2008, and Henrik Stenson in 2009), and is the fourth to win a major, a World Golf Championship, and The Players, joining Woods, Adam Scott, and Phil Mickelson.
Kaymer earned a winner's share of $1.8 million, the largest of his career, and re-entered the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, rising 33 places from 61st to 28th.
In June, Kaymer started the U.S. Open at Pinehurst with consecutive rounds of 65 (−5) to set a U.S. Open record for 36 holes (130).
He finished at 271 (−9), eight strokes ahead of runners-up Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, and became the first player in history to win those two championships back to back.
(Woods also held both titles concurrently, winning the U.S. Open in 2000 and The Players in March 2001; it moved to May in 2007).
With the win, Kaymer gained exempt status on the PGA Tour through 2019 and rose to eleventh in the world rankings.
With his U.S. Open victory in 2014, Martin became the first non-British European golfer ever to win the U.S. Open.
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