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Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Martin Kaymer  (Getty Images)
Martin Kaymer (Getty Images)
Martin Kaymer is delighted that there is such a strong field for this year’s BMW PGA Championship.

The 27 year old German is one of a record 14 Major Champions and one of nine former European Tour Number Ones in The European Tour’s flagship event.

The field also includes the top three players in The Official World Golf Ranking: Rory McIlroy (One), Luke Donald (Two) and Lee Westwood (Three).

“Obviously this is the biggest tournament that we play on The European Tour. I've done fairly okay in the past,” Kaymer, currently 11th in The Official World Golf Ranking, said.

“It's a world-class field, a lot of guys from America came over. It's nice that Luke and Rory, they are here. There are a lot of World Ranking points. So it's a very big week and important week for us.”

Kaymer’s early exit in the Volvo Match Play Championship allowed him to go to the Champions League Final in Munich where favourites Bayern Munich lost to Chelsea on penalties.

While Bayern must go back to the drawing board, Kaymer – who has played in eight tournaments this year – is determined his practice will make perfect.

“I was practising more than playing so far this year. I didn't play a lot of tournaments, but obviously it has a reason,” he added.

“I'm just practising towards a goal, and I think it's pretty normal that you can't play great golf every week.

“And that's what we talked about earlier, when I went to the Champion's League final, and even the semi final, if you see those great players failing once in a while, people have to understand in sport that every athlete is human, as well.  

“You see [Lionel] Messi miss the penalty in the semi-final and [Arjen] Robben miss the penalty in extra time, then [Bastian] Schweinsteiger missed the last one in the shoot-out.

“So it was important for me to see that those guys, who are world class athletes, even they can fail or miss once in a while.  

“So it's just a matter of time that I will play great golf again, because everybody goes through a time when it's not ideal.”

Kaymer is adamant that his moderate results mean there are fundamental problems with his game.

“There's nothing wrong,” he said. “To be honest, I think one of my strengths is that I know what I have to do and I know what I am doing.

“When people say that I am not playing well or that I'm doing the wrong things, they are always saying that when you don't win.

“There are a lot of people that tell you what you do wrong and what you have to do different. But I don't really mind that, it doesn't bother me.

“It's just for myself, I know what I have to do. I know what my goal is and at the end of the day that is what matters to me.”

That goal is to gain general improvement by refining specific areas of his game.

“I'm working on a few things,” he added. “Obviously swing wise, fitness wise, a few things that I just want to do for myself. And it's all geared towards playing better golf, obviously.

“But you know, I think that you have to if you change a few things or if you try to improve a few things, you've got to go back one step in order to go two steps forward.

“So for me, I'm still young. I don't need to worry about it that much.”

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1DONALD, LukeENG18-15
T2LAWRIE, PaulSCO18-11
T2ROSE, JustinENG18-11
4LAWRIE, PeterIRL18-8
5GRACE, BrandenRSA18-7
6STERNE, RichardRSA18-6
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