Kaymer on course for German double in Sun City

Sat Dec 1, 2012 12:00pm EST
 

By Michael Todt

SUN CITY, South Africa (Reuters) - Saturday proved a good day for Germany at the Gary Player Country Club as Martin Kaymer seized a one-stroke lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge and Bernhard Langer won the senior edition.

Double U.S. Masters champion Langer lifted the seniors trophy after defeating American Jay Haas by two strokes while Kaymer carded a two-under 70 to move one ahead of South African Louis Oosthuizen in the third and penultimate round of the main event.

"I am very happy for Bernhard that he could win this big tournament," 2010 U.S. PGA champion Kaymer told reporters.

"It would obviously be nice to make it a double here but let's see what happens tomorrow."

Kaymer made a slow start in his bid to scoop the first prize of $1.25 million, failing to birdie the generous par-five second hole and following up with a poor bogey at the third.

Europe's Ryder Cup hero then hit back in style with birdies at the ninth, 13th and 14th as he finished with a five-under tally of 211.

"I think a big putt for me was on the 12th - I sunk it from 10 feet downhill and right-to-left to save par and that gave me the motivation to keep playing well," said Kaymer.

"I had a lot of lip-outs today so it could have been a little bit better but two-under is a very acceptable round."   Continued...

 
Martin Kaymer of Germany walks on the 15th green during the second round of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro