Martin Kaymer wants to prove he has turned his form around ahead of The Ryder Cup as he prepares to tee off in the BMW Italian Open presented by CartaSi.
The German has not had a top ten finish since April but clung onto the final qualifying place for the European Team, which will travel to Medinah Country Club in two weeks’ time.
However, the former World Number One feels there were enough positives in his 21st-place finish in the KLM Open last week to suggest he can bring that run to an end at Royal Park I Roveri this week.
“My ball striking is a lot better and I had more control over the ball, but the putter didn’t really behave itself,” he said. “I just hope that a few more putts will drop soon.
“You can only be satisfied if you’ve been in contention or won, but the progress is going fine. There wasn’t one day when I left the golf course and thought that was the best I could get out of my round. They were days when I felt like I left two or three shots out there.
“My big worry to be honest over the last three weeks or so was that I wanted to be ready to play in Medinah.
“With my normal shots there is definitely a little cut or they are straight, and they feel very familiar. It’s a very familiar feeling, which is a good thing. I thought it would take a lot longer to feel that again, but it’s taken just two weeks. Holland was a big week for me.”
Kaymer will partner team-mates Nicolas Colsaerts and Francesco Molinari over the first two rounds, and believes it could prove a useful bonding experience.
“I think in general Nicolas, Francesco and I don’t really know each other very well because we haven’t played that many times together,” he added. “Francesco and I played in The Ryder Cup together, but we are both very introverted people, not so outgoing. So it would be nice to play more often together to get to know one another. From that point of view it’s a good draw for me.”
“Nicolas is a very relaxed person and very cool about things. He’ll be a very good addition for The Ryder Cup because you need cool people who don’t feel the pressure or are scared of anything, and I think Nicolas is not scared of anything. He’s a straightforward, aggressive player, which is what we need.”