Thursday, January 24

The Next Bernhard Langer?

Martin Kaymer has the European Tour buzzing. Could he be the next Bernhard Langer?

One thing is certain: the 23-year-old Kaymer is the youngest German golfer to ever win on the European Tour, surpassing Langer’s age mark by 14 days.

Kaymer recorded a four-shot victory last week in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship against an impressive field that included Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Adam Scott, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter.

Kaymer’s first win placed him at No. 5 in the European Order of Merit and vaulted the young Tour pro to No. 34 in the world rankings. Last year’s European Tour rookie of the year, Kaymer is the only player under age 25 in the world top 50.

Now some people are wondering out loud if Kaymer might make the 2008 European Ryder Cup team. That might be a bit ambitious, at least this time around.

Still, as Tom Abbott of The Golf Channel wrote, “Watch out for Martin Kaymer.”

The Armchair Golfer

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