Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Rory McIlroy gives Martin Kaymer a lift

Instead of wanting to play like Tiger Woods, everybody now wants to play like Rory McIlroy — and that includes world number three Martin Kaymer, on home turf this week.

Whereas McIlroy broke 70 in every round in winning the US Open by eight with a record score on Sunday, Kaymer failed to break 70 in any round and came 39th — 19 strokes behind McIlroy.

Rory is now on a three-week break before The Open at Sandwich, but Kaymer has gone straight from Washington to Munich for the BMW International Open starting tomorrow.

The 26-year-old, who in 2008 became the first German to win the event, is part of an all-Europe top four in the world.

That has not happened for almost 20 years and he told the European Tour website: “I think it's something to do with the Europeans playing worldwide and becoming more complete players. We travel a lot and experience everything.

“Watching Rory made me want to practise more — it's inspirational. If you see somebody playing as well as Rory you want to go out and become a better player.

“Rory was impressive. I didn't see 16 under being the winning score. He was on auto pilot.”

Back in February 1992, Bernhard Langer stood fifth in an all-European top five with Ian Woosnam, Nick Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal and Seve Ballesteros ahead of him.

The former Ryder Cup captain has now taken time out from the American seniors circuit to make his 450th European Tour appearance.

On the current healthy state of European golf, the 53-year-old said: “We should savour this. It doesn't come around too often.

“There was a unique crop of players in the eighties who came along and won majors and it's unique again.

“It's another generation and I think they benefit from playing each other and beating each other regularly.”

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