Kaymer success barely registers in soccer-mad Germany
By Anja Nilsson
(Reuters) - As Germans celebrated a 4-0 World Cup win over Portugal and welcome news regarding the health of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, one major sports story appears to have gone largely unnoticed - a first U.S. Open golf title.
Martin Kaymer's eight-stroke victory in North Carolina on Sunday was greeted with widespread praise within golfing circles, but the 29-year-old's runaway triumph barely registered in soccer-mad Germany as the World Cup kicked off in Brazil.
"I feel nothing about his win... no sorrow, no happiness," said Berlin accountancy firm employee Anne Ihle, adding that Kaymer's victory had been "buried" in an avalanche of news about Germany's bid to end an 18-year soccer title drought.
It was "bad timing", said Christian Hansel, a 38-year-old product manager. He was not a golf fan but did remember Bernhard Langer, who along with Kaymer is the only other German to have won two majors, with Masters titles in 1985 and 1993.
The top-selling German daily Bild, which runs a "winner" and "loser" column on its front page, put Kaymer in both categories on Tuesday, remarking that "Germans are only talking about the Schumi-wonder and the start of the team's World Cup bid".
On Monday, seven times Formula One champion Schumacher, who suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident last year, had come out of a coma and was transferred to a Swiss medical center, officials said, without giving details of his condition.
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