Nervy Kaymer triumphs by one shot at the Players

Mon May 12, 2014 7:36am EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) - Martin Kaymer withstood an early challenge by Jordan Spieth, a weather delay and a late wobble to clinch his second PGA Tour title with a nervy one-shot victory at the Players Championship on Sunday.

The German, co-leader overnight with American playing partner Spieth, produced rock-solid golf to move briefly four strokes clear, then survived a double-bogey on 15 as he closed with a one-under-par 71 at the challenging TPC Sawgrass.

Kaymer, whose previous win on the U.S. circuit came with his playoff success at the 2010 PGA Championship, nervously parred the last three holes in gathering gloom to post a 13-under total of 275.

The 29-year-old from Dusseldorf lined up a par putt from just under four feet on the 18th green, stroked the ball into the cup and then looked heavenwards in relief before pumping his right fist in celebration.

"It's very special for me," Kaymer told Golf Channel. "It is always very difficult to come back after a little (weather) break.

"Obviously you see the leaderboard, you see where you are. The first 14 holes, I played really, really well. And then you are really disappointed when they called it (halted play).

"And then you are a little cold. I made a couple of wrong decisions on 15. But a big putt on 17.”

Spieth, who at 20 was aiming to become the youngest champion at the prestigious PGA Tour event widely regarded as the unofficial fifth major, briefly led by a shot early in the final round before fading to a 74 and a tie for fourth at 10 under.   Continued...

May 11, 2014; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth watch Kaymer drive on the 2nd hole during the final round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports