Martin Kaymer hopes to unearth his best form at this week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open after relaxing by weeding his grandmother’s garden on Monday.
The 27 year old German has not finished better than seventh this season, but believes some time at home after a disappointing showing at the Alstom Open de France can help him conquer Castle Stuart Golf Links.
“When I came here, I felt very relaxed, very refreshed,” said the former US PGA Championship winner. “I had a couple days at home. I played very early on Saturday and Sunday in France, so I drove home on Sunday afternoon and had all evening.
“Then Monday was a relaxed day at my grandma's house and we did a little bit in the backyard - just to get away from golf a little bit and think about something completely different. When I arrived here, I felt totally refreshed. It always helps if you can sleep a couple days in your own bed.”
Kaymer won this event in 2009 at Loch Lomond – one of ten European Tour victories – and is looking forward to trying to get back on the winning track.
“I’ve had good success here in Scotland,” he added. “I won at St. Andrews and Loch Lomond three years ago. So for me it's so much fun to play this golf course because it's not only about pretty golf shots. It's not only about hitting nice high draws or fades and all that stuff. It's just getting the job done, grinding it out and just playing the game.
“I just entered two weeks ago because I changed my mind that I would like to play here the week before The Open. I heard it's good preparation, so it's good that I came.
“I think in general it's not so much about Scotland, it's about Great Britain. It's very enjoyable to play here because the people they know about golf. They know about the sport. When you have a difficult shot and you place it 20, 25 feet away from the flag, it can be still a good golf shot, and the people, they appreciate that. They know it. So that makes it interesting and good to play here, the knowledge of the fans.”