Kaymer nursed shoulder injury at British Open
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After reemerging from what seemed to be golf exile with victories at the Players Championship and U.S. Open, the expectations around Martin Kaymer have grown immensely to say the least.
So a 73-72-72-79 performance at the Open Championship definitely raised some eyebrows in golf circles. A 77 in the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as the world watched – he was paired with Tiger Woods for the first 36 holes – definitely caused some red flags as well.
While he didn't use it as an excuse, Kaymer did reveal Tuesday at the PGA Championship that there might be a small reason for the struggles: a sudden shoulder injury.
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"It's just once in a while, you wake up and you have a little issue here and there. The shoulder was quite surprising for me because I couldn't really hit one normal golf shot until Thursday morning at the Open. So the British Open, my practice rounds were very, very limited," said Kaymer, the 2010 PGA Championship winner.
"But now, everything is fine. It just came out of nowhere."
Valhalla won't be a surprise for Kaymer. Although not in competition, Kaymer took in the course as an observer at the 2008 Ryder Cup, as captain Nick Faldo extended a special invitation to Kaymer to come and experience the biennial event.
Initially thinking he'd pine to play, he quickly realized that being outside the ropes was perfectly fine.
"When I came here and watched them play in practice rounds, and especially on Friday, I was actually quite happy that I didn't have to play, because it would have been too early," said Kaymer. "That was a fantastic thing that I came here and could watch and observe everything and talk to the caddies and the players and the captains.
"I learned a lot and it was a huge inspiration for me to make the team in 2010 then."