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KLM Open champion Martin Kaymer’s sights on Ryder Cup

By Bernie McGuire

Germany's Martin Kaymer will be looking to make it three wins in succession when he tees-up in his next event — the Ryder Cup.

The 25-year-old Kaymer was on auto-pilot in winning the KLM Open in Hilversum by four shots with a final round 66 and a 14-under par tally to also become the fifth European Team player to win is as many events.

Kaymer also follows right behind fellow Ryder Cup star, Miguel Angel Jimenez as a three-time winner this year in the Race to Dubai.

The steadfast German took the Dutch lead on Saturday night with two closing birdies and was never headed in capturing his seventh Tour win and a second in succession after securing last month's US PGA championship.

Since Kaymer won at Whistling Straits victories have followed for European team members Peter Hanson (Czech Open), Edoardo Molinari (Johnnie Walker Championship), Jimenez (Omega European Masters) and Kaymer in Holland.

“It is true that this is the fifth win for the European Team but you have to look at the American team as they have five Major winners in their side,” Kaymer said last night.

“So they have a strong team, as well while our team is very young and we have a lot of rookies and we are determined to get the trophy back to Europe to where it belongs.”

Darren Clarke came home with a closing 68 for a share of 17th place on six-under par.

Damien McGrane went close to celebrating his first-ever hole-in-one on the Tour, and the prize of a new BMW, when his 4-iron tee shot at the par three, 15th lipped out before stopping three feet from the hole.

Three holes earlier, McGrane holed a 15-foot putt for eagle that made amends for taking a double bogey at the ninth when he thinned a chip shot. He carded a 69 for a four-under par tally.

Ballyclare's Gareth Maybin dropped one place ahead to one spot behind McGrane to 49th on the money list after also eagling the 12th by hitting a rescue club from 200-yards out to 15-foot.

After taking three weeks off to compete over the past fortnight, Maybin is again taking a three-week break.

Belfast's Michael Hoey shot 75 to finish at level par.

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