Rustenburg - Nedbank Golf Challenge champion Martin Kaymer of Germany is
preparing himself to throw everything into the final four rounds of his year in
an attempt to defend his title when the tournament tees off on Thursday at Gary
Player Country Club.
Without a win in 2013 – much as he was in 2012 when he took
the title – he knows that he need leave nothing in the tank as he searches for
the win to put his career into overdrive again.
“I enjoy coming here because
it’s the last tournament of the year and you can put everything into it,” he
“Last year was my last chance, this year is my last chance, so I like
being under pressure.
“They extended the field this year and that means more
"I think that makes it more interesting for the spectators.
here is not just a tournament that we play, it’s really a great experience.
He has to deal with a course on which he’s not entirely
comfortable if he is to repeat 2012’s dose.
“There are four or five holes where the fairway slopes from
left to right.
"You are supposed to draw the ball into that slope, but I usually
fade the ball, so I have to aim left of the fairway.
Those things are not as
comfortable when you stand on the tee box, but on the other hand I have done
well here in the past.
He’s also experienced enough to know that trying too hard
will probably make a successful title defence unlikely.
“At the end of the day
you have to wait for your chances. I can’t push it,” he said.
“Last year I made
a couple of mistakes here and there, but I could still win.
He’s currently ranked 38th in the world, a long
way off his lofty former perch as world number one.
But that position is not
far from his thoughts.
“It’s a great experience being number one in the world,”
“What comes with it is very interesting, but very difficult at the
And the Nedbank Golf Challenge can be his springboard.