This week before the British Open (or Open Championship for you across the pond), we will be previewing the top players in the world and their chances at Sandwich. We continue with a German looking for his first Claret Jug.
Current world ranking: 3
So far this year: It looked to be a promising year when Kaymer won his opening event in Abu Dhabi and moved to the top of the World Golf Rankings a couple months later. But since then, his game has been unimpressive, as he missed the cut at the Masters and finished T-39 at the U.S. Open. The only positive recently was a T-4 finish at the Alstom Open de France, but that's definitely not a top 5 to write home about.
Record at the British Open: Kaymer doesn't have a lot of history at the event, but in his three starts in the Open Championship, his best finish came last year at St. Andrews, where he finished T-7. The week could have been better had it not been for a final-round 2-over 74.
Why he could win: Just look at his three finishes in the Open. He's gone 80th, T-34 and T-7, meaning he's improved every single year. At his current pace, that means he should be ready to pick up a Claret Jug this year! If only it were that easy. Unlike the Masters, where Kaymer tried to completely alter his swing, he won't have to worry about messing with his game this time around. If he keeps things simple, he's got a great chance.
Why he could fall short: Because he has a tendency to overthink things, which can lead him to do stupid things ... like change his swing before a major. I hate brining up Augusta, but he's been trying to work his way back from that train wreck ever since then. The recent T-4 is promising, but his record in majors this year is pretty unimpressive.
Our take: Even though Martin Kaymer is the third-ranked player in the world, you'd be hard-pressed to find anybody picking him to win the Open Championship. Maybe that's a good thing. Recent results have him rounding into form at the right time, but I still think he's going to come up short and finish inside the top 15.
Your turn, folks. Do you think Kaymer has the game to pick up his second major championship?