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Kaymer develops winning habit

Martin Kaymer won the Scottish Open
Kaymer now leads the European Tour Race to Dubai

By Liam McLeod
BBC Scotland at the Scottish Open

The wind and rain may have fallen on the final day of the 2009 Scottish Open at Loch Lomond but it failed to dampen what has been a week of scintillating golf.

The scoreboard that sits in the media centre featured more blue over par scores than the previous three rounds thanks to mother nature.

But nothing could obscure the fact that the crowds here have witnessed some superb play.

As far as the winner is concerned, a big moment came on the 12th and it was not an eagle or indeed a birdie. It was only a par, but, after a wayward second shot, a fantastic up-and-down left him with a simple putt. It was a crucial moment.

Martin Kaymer did not do much wrong on his final round. It was a day that cried out for one of the leaders to shoot a 69 or thereabouts, he came up with it and was rewarded, just a week after his French Open play-off success.

"It's awesome to win here, in Scotland - the home of golf," an ecstatic Kaymer said.

"Winning last week gave me the motivation to come here.

"I didn't think I played well today although my short game was good. I had so much support here and I hope they all come to Turnberry next week and support me.

"Hopefully I can do better than I did last year because even though I made the cut, I didn't finish well."

Back-to-back European Tour titles and top of the Race to Dubai standings is not a bad build up to next week's Open for the 24-year old from Dusseldorf, who incidentally becomes the youngest man to win this event.

And the future looks bright for Kaymer. He appears a very down-to-earth, mature character.

But is he ready to launch an assault on a major championship now?

"I don't know yet," he told BBC Sport. "It's really tough to win a major, you need a lot of skills.

"You need different things to win a major compared to a normal tour event so I don't know if I'm quite there yet.

"I've never even been to Turnberry."

Every one of the 85,921 who turned out here this week has been thoroughly entertained.

And that includes the final round hole-in-one popped in by England's Steve Webster, who not only aced the par three fifth, but went on to eagle the sixth.

His seven iron from 193 yards won him a jeroboam of Laurent Perrier champagne.

A jeroboam to you and I who have to make do with the pretend fizz, is three litres.

"It was an amazing feeling," Webster admitted after his final round that saw him finish 11th.

"I didn't see the ball go in, I was waiting for the crowd to react. I just said 'be the one, hit the top of the ridge' - it rolled down and I heard the crowd roar.

"It's one of those things, I'll probably never do it again.

"Hopefully I'll get a Ferrari or something. But I think I'll get a bottle of champagne which is nice."

It's actually a jeroboam. Good job he has his caddie with him then.

Martin Laird finished 10th at Loch Lomond
Laird enjoyed his first taste of the European Tour

The standard of golf on show has been very high indeed with Arizona-based Scot Martin Laird one of those providing the thrills, although he will be disappointed with his scrappy final round.

He arrived without many even recognising his name. Now, the tall Glaswegian is guaranteed a big following at Turnberry after finishing 10th.

"I have a few more fans here than I do in America," a content Laird told BBC Scotland after his 71.

"I love this course and I love the tournament. I didn't want to come here and end up falling down the leaderboard so I was motivated to do well.

"I have to now play better in America and try and get my PGA Tour card so that I can come back over here and compete in tournaments.

"I felt I played good - not great - but I finished 10th and proved that I can compete with the guys on the European Tour."

Attention now turns to Turnberry and the year's third golfing major.

There was a strong field at Loch Lomond, but entering stage right will be the likes of Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Padraig Harrington.

And there is a rumour doing the rounds that Tiger is in Scotland and has had a cheeky practice at Turnberry already.

Next week promises to be an even more enthralling contest than the one the bonnie banks provided - what price three-in-a-row for Kaymer?



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see also
Kaymer claims Scottish Open win
12 Jul 09 |  Golf
Southern stars enjoy Loch Lomond
10 Jul 09 |  Golf
Laird relishes return to Scotland
08 Jul 09 |  Golf
Monty eyes homecoming boost
08 Jul 09 |  Golf


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