Extraordinary par on 17 underpins Kaymer's Players win
By Mark Lamport-Stokes
PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) - Martin Kaymer's one-shot victory at the Players Championship on Sunday will be remembered most for his extraordinary par three on the island green at the infamous 17th hole.
Kaymer held a one-stroke lead at the TPC Sawgrass when his tee shot on 17 narrowly cleared the water, bounced off a mound and span sideways hard until settling just a couple of feet short of the water on the fringe of the green.
From there, Kaymer, looking for first victory since the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa at the end of 2012, hit a poor chip and was left with a 28-foot putt which had to negotiate a ridge with a sharp left-to-right break.
Somehow he managed to coax the ball into the cup in fading light before going on to par the final hole and clinch victory by one shot over American Jim Furyk in the $10 million PGA Tour event.
"What a putt on 17," Kaymer told reporters with a broad grin after closing with a one-under-par 71 for a 13-under total of 275. "It was very, very tough to read because it was already very dark. But I don't care anymore, it went in.
"It was downhill, down-grain, but at the end of the day, you just trust your instinct. You pick a line approximately there and there. It was three-and-a-half feet (of break), left-to-right putt, but you need the right line and the right speed.
"So there's always some luck involved, but it was a good putt. I don't care anymore, it went in. It's all good."