Tue Jul 14 10:46am EDT
The talk around Scotland this week will be Tiger and Paddy and (the lack of) Phil and Rory and on and on and on, but a growing number of voices are suggesting that there's somebody else out there that the golf world would do well to keep an eye on: Martin Kaymer, the 24-year old German who's almost silently moved up to 11th in the World Golf Rankings. In addition to his lofty World Golf mark, he's also ranked second in the Race to Dubai standings, behind only Paul Casey.
Kaymer is coming off two consecutive wins, the Barclays Scottish Open on Sunday and the French Open the week before that. Kaymer is the youngest winner in Scottish Open history -- between him, Rory McIlroy and Ryo Ishikawa, we're seeing a lot of that these days -- and he's coming into the British Open riding as high as anyone in golf right now.
Up until now, most American audiences' experience with Kaymer was seeing Tiger Woods beat him in the Dubai Desert Classic in 2008 despite Kaymer's birdie-birdie-eagle finish. But his sterling short game and his obvious grace under pressure make him a solid bet for Turnberry. He's a dark horse this year, but the way he's playing, this is the final time he'll be able to come in as a relative unknown.