Martin Kaymer - Golfer of the Month, November/December 2011 (EuropeanTour)
Martin Kaymer’s thrilling victory in last month’s WGC-HSBC Champions has earned him The Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month Award for November/December.
Kaymer started the final day of the World Golf Championship event five shots adrift of leader Fredrik Jacobson before producing a sensational back nine of 29 to cut through the field and take the title by three shots.
The 2010 Race to Dubai champion’s faultless nine under par 63 was the lowest final round by a winner in any WGC stroke play event, and helped elevate the German to fourth place in the Official Golf World Ranking.
Iain Carter, Golf Correspondent of BBC Radio Five Live, said: “Although there have been many superb performances over the last six weeks, including Rory McIlroy’s majestic victory in Hong Kong, Alvaro Quiros’ superb triumph in the Dubai World Championship and Luke Donald’s clinching of an historic money list double by winning The 2011 Race to Dubai, it was Martin Kaymer’s stunning triumph in Shanghai – and the manner in which it was achieved with nine birdies in his last 12 holes – that made it so special.”
McIlroy was a strong contender for the monthly award after taking The 2011 Race to Dubai to the wire with an impressive victory at the UBS Hong Kong Open, while Donald’s third place finish at the Dubai World Championship meant the Englishman held off his Ryder Cup team-mate to make history as the first player to top the Money Lists on both sides of the Atlantic in the same season.
Quiros also earned the plaudits of the judging panel which featured golf journalists, radio and television commentators but in the end it was Kaymer who topped the November/December poll giving the German his second monthly award of the year after having taken the January honour following his successful defence of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Kaymer joins an illustrious list of Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month winners in 2011 which features Luke Donald (February and May), Paul Lawrie (March), Charl Schwartzel (April), Rory McIlroy (June), Darren Clarke (July), Thomas Björn (August), Michael Hoey (September) and Sergio Garcia (October), all of whom will be considered for The 2011 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, won jointly by Kaymer himself and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell in 2010.