Kaymer hoping to maintain German quality in the Open

Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:09pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - In-form Martin Kaymer says his golf swing, like most things assembled in Germany, be it cars, soccer teams or kitchen appliances, is built to last.

Kaymer added the U.S. Open title to the PGA title he won in 2010 last month and arrived at the Royal Liverpool course this week full of confidence and one of the favorites to lift the British Open's Claret Jug on Sunday.

Since claiming his first major four years ago and shooting to the top of the world rankings, Kaymer's career suffered a brief lull in 2012-13 before re-igniting with a vengeance.

As well as his romp in Pinehurst, where he won by eight strokes, he also claimed the Players Championship, the so-called fifth major, in Florida the month before.

Kaymer, 29, who is friends with Germany's World Cup winning striker Thomas Mueller, said it was all down to quality.

"If you build a house in Germany, it lasts 1,800 years. It's not going to fly away when there's a storm," Kaymer told reporters on Tuesday in the build-up to the year's third major.

"You see the cars that we build. I'm making an advertisement for my country, but it's just the quality of work. It's permanent. It lasts.

"That's how you want to do certain things on the golf course. I changed my swing because it lasts long-term. I can rely on it.   Continued...

Martin Kaymer of Germany smiles during a news conference ahead of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Phil Noble