IRVING, Texas — With very little fanfare, Martin Kaymer was one of two players (the winner, Sang-moon Bae, being the other) to break par all four days at a difficult TPC Four Seasons Resort course at the Nelson.
At 8 under, Kaymer finished joint fifth. Though that doesn’t create headlines, here’s something surprising: It’s his first top 10 in an official PGA Tour stroke-play event since winning the 2010 PGA Championship.
Not that he’s played a lot, given that Kaymer is a full-time member of the Tour for the first time in 2013.
But in 2011-12, Kaymer inexplicably fell backward in his quest to improve. His finishes in PGA Tour stroke-play tournaments didn’t open eyes. He has managed to be a steady force in the Accenture Match Play Championship (second, T-9, T-9 the last three years), and he did win the HSBC Champions in 2011, before it was officially a PGA Tour event. But the Nelson was his best finish in a stroke-play Tour tournament since he conquered Whistling Straits in the playoff over Bubba Watson.
Kaymer might have been at ease in Round 4 because he was paired with fellow German Marcel Siem. It invited the question: Would Kaymer like to join forces with Siem to play in the November World Cup at Royal Melbourne?
“I haven’t decided yet, but I’d love to,” said Kaymer, whose previous trips to the World Cup were with Alex Cejka as a partner (2007, ’08, ’09, ’11). But given that Cejka has plummeted to No. 534 in the world rankings – heck, Maximillian Kieffer is the third-highest-ranked German, at 310 – the Kaymer-Siem team seems penciled in.
“Marcel, we get along very well,” Kaymer said. “I think it would be a good team. He’s a very aggressive player, and in that format you need someone who wants to win.”
Siem is also a guy with a nice little history in the World Cup, too. He was Bernhard Langer’s teammate in 2006 when Germany won its only title.