Abu Dhabi crash will never happen again: Kaymer

Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:43am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Not many top-notch golfers could see anything positive in squandering a 10-stroke lead midway through the final round of a tournament but world number 12 Martin Kaymer is an exception to the rule.

The double major winner and triple Ryder Cup campaigner was almost lapping the field at the Abu Dhabi Championship in January when, all of a sudden, his golfing wheels came off.

Kaymer frittered away shot after shot and was overtaken by Gary Stal as the unheralded Frenchman produced one of the shock results of recent European Tour seasons.

"It would be wrong to forget about that because you have to remind yourself what happened and ask yourself the right questions as to why it happened," the 30-year-old German told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"I reflected on it after the tournament when I spoke to a couple of my friends, my brother and my dad. It's something you have to learn from.

"The people in my inner circle asked some uncomfortable questions so I had to be honest with myself and confront the truth about what really happened and I did," said Kaymer.

"I know what the reasons were and I'm very happy about that because I will never let it happen again."

Although Kaymer, who showed nerves of steel to sink a six-foot putt that won the Ryder Cup for Europe in 2012, has come to terms with his Middle East meltdown he is keeping quiet about the causes.   Continued...

Feb 28, 2015; Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA; Martin Kaymer tees off on the 11th hole during the second round of the Honda Classic at PGA National GC Champion Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports