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Kaymer: I never had doubts about making the 2012 putt

By Phil Casey

His team-mates looked on anxiously and captain Jose Maria Olazabal had his eyes tightly shut, but Martin Kaymer has revealed he never had any doubt he would make the putt to retain the Ryder Cup at Medinah.

Kaymer was faced with a seven-foot putt for par to beat Steve Stricker in the penultimate singles match and give Europe the 14th point which would ensure, as holders, they would maintain possession of the trophy.

And despite everything on the line, not to mention being so out of form that he had only played once before that week and felt he had let partner Justin Rose down in defeat, Kaymer held his nerve with admirable calm.

"It's tough to answer because it shouldn't sound too arrogant, but I never had a doubt in my mind that I would miss the putt," said Kaymer, who then saw team-mate Francesco Molinari secure a half point against Tiger Woods to give Europe outright victory for the seventh time in nine contests.

"It's one of those things that you cannot miss. It's difficult to explain. Maybe some athletes would understand.

"I was trying to explain it to a good friend of mine and he had no idea what I was talking about because it's one of those things that you don't have a choice of missing.

"It's not an option so it doesn't even cross your mind that you might miss it.

"For me everything was so clear. I knew exactly what I needed to do, I knew exactly what the line was.

"The only thing that you need to do is do it. It never really crossed my mind that I might fail.

"It's quite nice to get to know yourself in a way like this, because I was not afraid of failure. I was not afraid of winning.

"I think a lot of guys – and you see it in different sports, as well –sometimes they are afraid of winning, because it's a different situation. It can be uncomfortable.

"It was a tough putt to be prepared for because you don't really know how to prepare for such a moment. So I was a little bit surprised myself how well I handled the final hour."

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