February 26, 2011
With the temperatures dropping and the wind starting to pick up, Kaymer showed up for Saturday morning's round sporting a scarf. Not a neck warmer or a wind jakcet, but a scarf. It was definitely a fashion statement from the Germanator.
It's too bad he almost choked himself with the darn thing, nearly blowing a 4-up lead with four holes to play, before finishing off the match on the 18th hole.
The remaining top seed left in the tournament, Kaymer is playing for more than just a spot in the final when he plays Bubba Watson in a rematch of last year's PGA Championship; he'll also be playing for the top spot in the world golf rankings. Since Lee Westwood moved to the top of the mountain last season he's struggled to make any noise, as Kaymer and a host of other players have moved ever closer to the Englishman.
Over the last couple of months, only Kaymer has looked like the legitimate heir to golf's throne. A win already under his belt this year, he's playing the best golf of his career at the right time. And assuming he gets the job done in the semifinals, he'll be rewarded with a bulls-eye and the title of golf's best player.
It's been a long time coming for the German, but he's finally getting the respect he deserves. People could debate whether Westwood, Kaymer or Woods was the top player in the world at the beginning of the season. But after the way Kaymer has played over the last few months, it's clear who's the most deserving of the top spot: it's the guy who wears a scarf.