Kaymer survives sudden death play-off to lift Grand Slam of Golf title
In a tense finale culminating in one golfer’s mistake in a sudden-death play-off, Martin Kaymer lifted the Grand Slam of Golf title in Bermuda following a scintillating contest.
US Open champion Kaymer sank a seven-foot putt in the play-off, while Bubba Watson was forced to see his own close range effort on the 18th roll wide, handing the title to his rival.
It was a fun battle to watch as the two golfers traded shots with neither man letting the thought of defeat enter their minds. In the end, however, both players finished their round on six under, which meant they’d need to best each other in sudden-death.
Rory McIlroy had a day to forget after smashing five bogeys and double bogeying the par-three 13th to end his game on two-over par. It wasn’t what the world No.1 would have been expecting from himself.
Meanwhile another player who has enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence this season, Jim Furyk, finished on three over in another less than stellar outing to leave him cursing his mismatched form.
The annual 36-hole even usually features the winners from that year’s major events, but due to McIlroy earning a double triumph in 2014, Furyk was handed an invite to join the field.
Kaymer held a two-shot lead over Watson following the first round on Tuesday after carding a six-under-par round of 65. The German struck four birdies and four bogeys in a level-par second round before holding his nerve in the nail-biting play-off.
Bubba wasn’t about to let his chances of victory slip. He delivered a fine flurry of birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes to force the issue and secure a two-shot lead. But it wasn’t Bubba’s day; a wayward tee shot at the next hole scuppered his hopes as he dropped a shot on the par-five 17th.
Kaymer did well to remain calm as he eased the ball into the same hole for birdie, and then both players parred the last to force a somewhat inevitable play-off.
A pair of wonderful approach shots sliced the air to the 18th green and set up a putting contest on the first play-off hole. Watson, unable to reply to Kaymer’s birdie, missed his attempt from five feet.