2014 PGA Grand Slam
of Golf Champion
PGA Grand Slam of Golf
Martin Kaymer rallied from a two-stroke deficit late in the final round to defeat Bubba Watson, making a birdie putt on the first sudden death hole, the 18th, and capture the 32nd PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Watson's four-foot birdie putt grazed the hole and slipped away.
Kaymer, the reigning U.S. Open Champion was making his second Grand Slam appearance and tied Watson, the Masters Champion, after 36 holes at 6-under-par 136. Watson had a chance to win in regulation, missing a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th green that passed by the right side of the hole.
Open and PGA Champion Rory McIlroy finished third after struggling to a 75 and 2-over-par 144 total. Two-time PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champion Jim Furyk had a 73 and was fourth at 145.
On Tuesday night, Kaymer said in an interview that there are high expectations for sport champions in his homeland. When he meets friends and strangers in Germany, he is often compared to legendary Formula One driver Michael Schumacher and tennis star Boris Becker. It's a case of what has Kaymer done for them lately.
"I did more than OK," said Kaymer, with a big grin. "I think I did good this week. But it's true. Hopefully, a few papers or magazines will write about it. We are trying to get the Ryder Cup in 2022 in Germany. We have the Solheim Cup next year."
Bubba Watson tried to not spend time focusing on his missed chances.
"Martin played great for two days. Somehow, I made a run of birdies on some tough holes in tough windy conditions. So really, when you think about it, Martin played the best all week, putted well. Hit a lot of solid shots. He didn't really hit too many wayward shots and came away as the champion. It was Martin's time, not mine."
Kaymer won the fifth playoff in PGA Grand Slam of Golf history, and the third conducted in Bermuda. It was the first playoff at Port Royal Golf Course, which hosted its sixth consecutive Grand Slam event. Two previous playoffs came at nearby Mid Ocean Club.
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