Kaymer could have pursued a football career but opted fot golf
World number one Martin Kaymer says Luke Donald's touch around the greens makes him a prime candidate for success at Augusta this week. "Obviously he's not the longest but he is very straight and his short game is unbelievable," said Kaymer.
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Germany's Kaymer also explained how he had to choose between playing football or golf, before opting for the latter. "I don't know if you would have seen me at the World Cup but I think I would have been decent," he said.
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Victorious European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie rates Padraig Harrington's chances of success at Augusta this week. "I'm delighted he's getting back to the Harrington of whom we expect so much," commented Montgomerie. "He has never been the straightest off the tee, as he'll tell you. But there is leeway here. Padraig has great course management and is tough as old boots, so I see him having a great opportunity to win."
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England's Paul Casey is hoping his decision to skip last week's Houston Open pays off when he tees off at Augusta on Thursday. Casey chose not to play in Houston despite it being the only PGA Tour event he has won in America. "It's nothing against that tournament and everything about a statement of intent regarding the year's first major," said Casey. "After I won it I was mentally toast at Augusta the following week and I couldn't take that chance again. I want to be as good as I can be at the Masters."
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Defending champion Phil Mickelson has been remembering Jack Nicklaus' famous 1986 Masters victory. Nicklaus came from four shots behind in the final round 25 years ago, carding a back nine of 30 to win his sixth Green Jacket. Mickelson, 15 years old at the time, said: "I was at home watching it on TV just like everybody else, going nuts, and it was an incredible thing to watch. It was one of the most exciting tournaments I've ever seen, if not the most exciting." (Reuters)
Jack Nicklaus, whose 18 major wins represents the most by a single golfer, has admitted he would not be too unhappy to see American Tiger Woods fall short of surpassing his tally. "Why would I want to give up my record?" Nicklaus said on Tuesday, shortly after arriving at Augusta National, where former world number one Woods is aiming to win a 15th major title with victory in the Masters. However, Nicklaus said that Woods "will probably break my record." (Associated Press)