Martin Kaymer will not rest on his laurels at this week’s Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy but the World Number Six believes time off is the key as he looks to follow up his Abu Dhabi triumph with success in Doha.
The German was in fine form at the start of the desert swing, culminating in a second title in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, and the 25 year old heads to Doha Golf Club looking to better last year’s 31st placed finish.
On that occasion he had finished second the previous week, which represented a marked improvement from 12 months earlier when he missed the cut following his maiden career title in Abu Dhabi.
“It would be nice to continue where I left off last week. I have always struggled in Qatar over the last two years, but this time I am more confident and I have more motivation after last week in Abu Dhabi,” Kaymer said.
“When I came to Doha a couple of years ago I had just had my first win in Abu Dhabi and I was very tired from all the emotions from the Sunday. Last year I played a little bit better and now I am looking forward to the week, I feel fresher than ever before.”
Kaymer is no stranger to recording to-back wins after following up last July’s play-off win over Lee Westwood in France with a fourth career title at the Barclays Scottish Open.
And with that in mind Kaymer will follow a similar practice schedule this week which proved so successful at Loch Lomond, with Wednesday’s light and often jovial workout on the putting and chipping greens the shape of things to come before action begins on Thursday.
“After I won in France, I took it really easy in Scotland and I didn’t play a lot of golf,” he added. “I will do just some putting and chipping and then relax.”
And while Kaymer is determined to maintain his career high position in the world rankings, the former rookie of the year has reaffirmed his desire to use his strong start to the season as a catalyst to a maiden Ryder Cup appearance in October, although he is well aware they go hand in hand.
“Once you are in the top ten you want to stay there and that is my goal. I want to play the big events with the good fields to keep myself there and secure a spot in the Ryder Cup team,” he said.
“If I am top ten in the world I think I will have a good chance to play in Wales. If I play well and make sure I am top ten in the world I’m sure I will play in The Ryder Cup.”
European Number One Lee Westwood, Abu Dhabi runner-up Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson headline another stellar line up this week alongside Kaymer with five of the world’s top ten and nine of the top 19 teeing off in Doha.