The athletes repeat endlessly that they live in the present. Not Martin Kaymer. The German was inspired by his old exploits in the watching 12 hours of the start of the Championship of the PGA of America. Result : it appears at the top of the table at the end of the initial round.
The champion of the 2010 edition, at Whistling Straits, and Open us 2014 Pinehurst, searched for a way to start on the right foot this 102nd PGA Championship to Harding Park, in San Francisco, Thursday.
On Wednesday night, when he felt gloomy at the back of the dinner, he decided to watch his back in the final round of the U.s. Open. It was then won by eight shots on Eric Compton.
No, he has not connected his VHS player to relive their sweet moments. A visit to YouTube was enough.
“I needed to cheer me up a bit. Anyway, there’s not much to do when it is still in the hotel. It was four or five years that I had not looked at this tournament. During the lunch break of the pandemic, I had also looked at the PGA Championship 2010. We remember the dramatic end leading to my victory. ”
In fact, Dustin Johnson had created the commotion at the 72nd hole when his club had touched the sand of the pit of the alley are hard to identify when his second shot. The penalty of two-strokes took him out of the race and Kaymer raised the trophy Wanamaker after three holes of the extension.
“I know that it is not necessary to live in the past, but it can help you in the present moment. I take it as well “, said the German of 35 years, to the neutral in the Grand Slam tournaments for the past three years.
With no victory on the circuit of the AMP or in Europe for more than five years, it may be said that his return in the past has been revived. A round of 66 (-4) on Thursday, placed just behind the leader, Jason Day, -5.
To say that he did not even open his suitcase last week in picking up the game in the Championship Barracuda. He has widely missed the cut in his first presence of the season on the PGA tour.
A long absence motivated by her projects at home in Germany during the lunch break of the pandemic.
The hammer sticks
“I have not often played golf, as it was forbidden for two or three months because of the sars coronavirus. I had to keep my mind busy with projects. I helped my father, and because of the construction. We have built a terrace among others. “
It is necessary to believe that the hammers and saws have been dropping. He has not resumed training in June. This is why it’s landed in San Francisco without much waiting.
“I don’t know where I can locate my game compared to the others. It is correct, without more. In view of this, on this style of course and in the context of a major championship, this is not enough to go far.
“This video session of 2014 yesterday evening (Wednesday), has led to the positive in my game that was missing for months, he added. It has helped me to believe that my game on the greens is good enough and that my quality of typing is also. It is pleasant to remember any of it. “
He will have to continue to remember its beautiful moments if he wants to stay hooked near the top of the main table today, because the hunt “Brooks Koepka of America” is open on the Harding Park. A real madness to dethrone the double defending champion.
No less than nine golfers share third place at -4, which Koepka, of course! And eight other clog the 12th level to -3.
This is a champion the edition 2015, Jason Day, who led the ball by not committing any fault in the morning before being joined by Brendon Todd in the end of the round. Day played with strategy. He followed her pace of the last three weeks he had recorded three top-10.
“This pace of growth seems to have followed. It is exciting. Each day, I look forward to play. This was not the case before. I want that to continue “, wished the Australian who has made multiple changes in its environment.