Kaymer to come out of shell after second major win

Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:55pm EDT
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By Andrew Both

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Martin Kaymer tried to stay relatively low key after winning his first major title but after a runaway victory at the U.S. Open on Sunday will use his second to help promote golf in his homeland.

Not a natural extrovert, Kaymer, who also won the 2010 PGA Championship, now understands that being a major champion gives him a platform not available to those of lesser stature.

"At the beginning, it was just too much for me and I just wanted to stay a little bit for myself and reflect on certain things first," he told reporters.

"I couldn't handle a lot of things that happened in Germany, all the attention.

"And then becoming number one in the world (in 2011), that added another thing.

"It was, to be completely honest, it was very difficult to handle."

Kaymer's next tournament will be the BMW International Open in two weeks and he plans to bask in the glory, rather than try to shy from the limelight.

"Now it's a time where you can make golf bigger in Germany, he added. "There's a lot of big things that can happen the next few years.   Continued...

Jun 15, 2014; Pinehurst, NC, USA; Martin Kaymer stands behind the trophy during the final round of the 2014 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pinehurst Resort Country Club - #2 Course. Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports