MARTIN KAYMER HAS WON a major, the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits where he defeated Bubba Watson in a playoff. Kaymer was also closing in on World No. 1 until he cooled off at the end of the 2010 season. Now what does he want? What’s on the German golf star’s wish list for the 2011 season?
A hole-in-one. Wait, a hole-in-one? Yes, a hole-in-one.
If you’re like me, you were expecting something else. I was surprised, to say the least. That’s like my daughters asking for a pair of socks for Christmas. It’s something, but not exactly ambitious.
There’s a pretty good reason, though. Are you sitting down? Martin Kaymer has never made a hole-in-one. I find that shocking. No wonder he wants one. Imagine ascending to No. 1 golfer in the world—without a hole-in-one. People would say you’re undeserving. “He’s not worthy,” they’d say. I’m joking a little. Lee Westwood gets it.
But here’s what I wonder: How does a player of Kaymer’s caliber not have a hole-in-one? Not even in practice?
“I’ve never made one in my life …” he said.
Wow. He’s playing catch up with me, of all people. I have one. It was a long time ago. I’ll spare you that story.
Kaymer said he has other goals, too. He’d like to win another major this year, preferably the British Open. He’d like to establish himself as the best player in Europe and someday rise to the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. He figured he wasn’t quite ready for No. 1 at the end of last season.
But that first hole-in-one would be sweet. It doesn’t seem like a lot to ask.
−The Armchair Golfer
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