Martin Kaymer was in the form of his life when he won the KLM Open two years ago, and as the German launches his bid to get the title back he hopes his game can click back into gear this week.
Kaymer was crowned champion at Hilversumsche Golf Club in 2010 on his first appearance after winning the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, and he went on to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships to make it three victories in consecutive appearances on The European Tour.
Prior to that latter victory he was also part of Europe’s victorious 2010 Ryder Cup Team at The Celtic Manor Resort, and after sealing his place in José María Olazábal’s Team for this year’s contest, Kaymer is targeting another strong showing in The Netherlands following three weeks of solid work on his game.
“Two years ago it was a period of time when I played incredibly well,” he said. “I played four events and I won them all in a row, with the third being the Ryder Cup.
“It was a really, really good time where you don’t think about anything. You step on the first tee on the Thursday morning and you know the score you have to shoot to raise the trophy. There was never really a doubt that I would have chance on the Sunday. Those things have changed a little bit. I have changed a few things in my swing and so you adapt a little and play a little more controlled, and not as free. So you lose a bit of distance as well. I would never saw that was a wrong decision though, because I grew as a player.
“It’s not that dramatic though. I’m not worried about it. It’s just a time you have to go through and I am completely fine with that. It can change very quickly and once I have that feeling again, that I had a couple of years ago, I will be back where I used to be. I just don’t know when that time will come and I need to be patient.”
As well as trying to reclaim the title that Simon Dyson won last year, Kaymer will also have The Ryder Cup on his mind given his draw for the first two rounds, alongside Olazábal and his teammate for Medinah, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts.
“Nicolas and I had a battle going on over the last month or so for the last spot,” he said. “I was very happy for him that he got the wild card – I think he deserved it the way he played. He put a lot of effort in. To play with José María is nice, and hopefully I can learn a lot from him, especially the short game. I think we will speak a lot about The Ryder Cup and it is a good draw for me.”