Shanghai - Double major champion Martin
Kaymer admitted on Wednesday that his winless 2015 season was down to lack of
Kaymer won the US Open and the Players
Championship in a stellar 2014 as well as helping Europe to win the Ryder Cup
for a third time in succession.
But he tees off in the BMW Masters in
Shanghai on Thursday still searching for his first victory this campaign with a
third in Abu Dhabi way back in January and a play-off loss to Rikard Karlberg
in Italy in September the closest he has come.
When asked why he had endured the barren
run, his answer was simple and honest. "I practised less," said the
German world number 26.
"The season so far, I wouldn't rate
great because I haven't won a tournament.
"I've had a few top-10s here and there
but in the end of the day, we all play for wins," Kaymer told a news
conference at Lake Malaren, venue for this week's penultimate tournament in the
European Tour season.
He also hinted that he possibly celebrated
the wins too hard, but was focused on putting things right ahead of a
potentially huge 2016 which will feature golf's return to the Olympic Games and
the Ryder Cup.
"Everything is leading up to those
sort of big games next year," said Kaymer.
"Last year was a very special year and
for me it's very important that if you have big wins that you enjoy the wins,
so they have a meaning to you.
"Some say it's right, some say it's
wrong. For me, it's the best way to enjoy the wins and to motivate myself for
He has few opportunities left this year to
get back in the winning habit, and it's clear he would like some momentum going
into the off-season.
"I have another two tournaments left
this year that count for the Race to Dubai, and then two that I'm going to play
after that (the Nedbank Championship in South Africa and the Thailand Golf
Championship), so hopefully I can pick up another win.
"Usually I don't have a season without
a win and I don't want that this year."
Kaymer is currently 20th in the Race to
Dubai and could force his way into the top 15 who qualify for a share of the
$7.5 million bonus pool if he can win the BMW Masters this week.
"Well, the bonus is nice, but it's
just a financial thing," said Kaymer.
"You know, in the end of the day, my
goal is to really finish as high as possible. Somewhere in the top 10 (in the
Race to Dubai), that would be good."