After capturing his first tournament victory in more than two years at The Players Championship yesterday, Martin Kaymer has targeted a place in Paul McGinley’s European side for this year’s Ryder Cup in Scotland.
The 29 year old German became just the fourth European to win The Players Championship after finishing one clear of American Jim Furyk at TPC Sawgrass, a performance which saw the former World Number One move from 28th to ninth place in the World Points List and right into contention for a third Ryder Cup appearance at Gleneagles in September.
"Once you play The Ryder Cup you always want to be there, that's the bottom line," said Kaymer, who holed the putt to retain the trophy in the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012, when José María Olazábal inspired his European team to a thrilling comeback in Illinois.
"And my experience of two years ago added a little bit more of it. I just don't want to miss out on that tournament.
"Paul McGinley walked with me on Wednesday a little bit. We had a very nice chat and I think he will be a brilliant captain because as a person, the way he talks to you, he's a very respectful man who really listens to you and he wants to help.
"He wants us to feel as comfortable as possible, and hopefully I can make the team. I need to continue to play well as there is a long way to go but this week was a good start."
Kaymer’s triumph in Florida was his first since winning the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2011 but, after climbing from 61st to 28th in the Official World Golf Ranking, the 2010 US PGA Champion said he had never lost faith in his ability.
"The belief was always there,” Kaymer reflected. “I knew that I could win a golf tournament again; it was not as traumatic as a lot of people made it. I knew I was doing the right thing, I just didn't know it would take me this long, but it did.
"It proved that everything I did, even though it took a little bit longer than expected, was all good because I work with really good people. My coach and I have worked together for 15, 16 years now and he's always really under the radar but he has the biggest influence of my game. He has the talent to teach really everyone, and that is for me really a world‑class coach."
Sergio Garcia, who finished third behind Kaymer, moved up two places in the Official World Golf Ranking to seventh ahead of his assault on the Open de España at PGA Catalunya Resort this week.
Justin Rose, who defends his US Open title next month, finished joint fourth and moved up one place to ninth in the World Ranking while Rory McIlroy also climbed back into the World’s top ten after his joint sixth place finish. Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari, who also finished in a share of sixth place, both advanced four places to 26th and 42nd in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.