Kaymer would love to partner Langer at Ryder Cup

Fri Aug 1, 2014 6:16am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer has added his name to a growing list calling for Europe captain Paul McGinley to consider 56-year-old Bernhard Langer as one of his three Ryder Cup wildcard choices.

Former skippers Colin Montgomerie and Tony Jacklin have already outlined their support for the German veteran while McGinley's opposite number, Tom Watson, also said last week's runaway Senior British Open champion "might be worth a pick".

Langer, who romped to a 13-shot victory at Royal Porthcawl in Wales on Sunday, would become the oldest player in Ryder Cup history if he featured in the team that will meet the United States in Scotland in September.

American Ray Floyd holds that distinction after appearing in the 1993 edition at the age of 51.

"I hope Paul was watching what Bernhard did in the Senior British Open," Kaymer told Reuters in a telephone interview from Akron, Ohio where he is warming up for next week's U.S. PGA Championship by competing in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

"Shooting 18-under-par for four rounds at a difficult links course like Porthcawl is an outstanding effort under any circumstances whether it is a senior tournament or a regular tour event.

"Don't forget either what Bernhard did by finishing eighth in this year's U.S. Masters at Augusta."

Kaymer, who prompted wild scenes of jubilation when he holed the putt that made sure Europe retained the trophy in Illinois two years ago, said he would love the chance to play alongside his fellow German at Gleneagles in September.   Continued...

Martin Kaymer of Germany watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during a practice round ahead of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville