Kaymer pips golf's elite

2011-12-12 16:21

Berlin - German golfer Martin Kaymer was on Monday named as The Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month.

In a statement the European Tour said the former world No 1's victory in last month's WGC-HSBC Champions earned him the award.

Kaymer, who started the final round five shots behind leader Fredrik Jacobson, birdied nine of the final 12 holes en route to a sensational 29 on the back nine to win the tournament by three shots.

His nine-under total of 63 was the lowest final round by a winner in any WGC stroke play event.

"Although there have been many superb performances over the last six weeks, including Rory McIlroy's majestic victory in Hong Kong, Alvaro Quiros' superb triumph in the Dubai World Championship and Luke Donald's clinching of an historic money list double by winning The 2011 Race to Dubai on the weekend, it was Martin Kaymer's stunning triumph in Shanghai - and the manner in which it was achieved with nine birdies in his last 12 holes - that made it so special," said Iain Carter, who is one of the judges.

It was the second time that Kaymer won the award after having been named the January winner after successfully defending his Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship title.

Kaymer joins an illustrious list of Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month winners in 2011 which features Luke Donald (February and May), Paul Lawrie (March), SA's Charl Schwartzel (April), Rory McIlroy (June), Darren Clarke (July), Thomas Bjorn (August), Michael Hoey (September) and Sergio Garcia (October), all of whom will be considered for The 2011 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, won jointly by Kaymer himself and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell in 2010.