Golf: Missing Medina putt could have wrecked career, says Kaymer

Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:18am EST
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(Reuters) - Europe's Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer has a nightmare in which the five-foot putt he sank to beat Steve Stricker on Medina's 18th green slides agonizingly past the hole and his career spirals into decline.

The German's victory over Stricker in September guaranteed Europe would retain the trophy after one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of the competition.

"Now I honestly feel like my whole career might have been on the line," the former world number one who suffered an otherwise disappointing 2012, told Friday's Daily Mail.

"I sometimes think about what would have happened if I had missed it. Would I have had the mental strength to recover from thinking I had let down a whole continent?

"I had a similar putt to win my first major, the U.S. PGA in 2010, but the feeling was completely different.

"If I had missed that one it would have been my own fault and I would have moved on to the next major.

"But letting down so many people? That doesn't bear thinking about."

Europe went into the final day trailing 10-6 and needed to win eight of the 12 points available in the singles matches to keep hold of the trophy.

Kaymer's victory ensured Europe reached 14 points before Italy's Francesco Molinari halved with Tiger Woods to give Europe an outright victory.   Continued...

Martin Kaymer of Germany watches his shot on the third fairway during the 2012 Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko