Kaymer takes lead from Germany's World Cup success

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 15, 2014 at 11:26 am •  Published: July 15, 2014
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HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Sounding proud and patriotic, Martin Kaymer reeled off the list of qualities it took for Germany to win the World Cup in Brazil.

"They had so much belief," he said glowingly about his national football team. "They played very brave. The planning was good ... they played very patient."

He'll need those same things at the British Open as he goes after back-to-back major titles.

Kaymer's wire-to-wire victory at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 last month came just as the World Cup got in full swing, and deserved more recognition than it got back home. One of the most dominant displays at a major tournament became swallowed up in Germany's run to the final, where it beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday.

Kaymer said it was "unlucky" that he won on the day before Germany's first group-stage game against Portugal, with the media "full of the German national team."

At Hoylake this week, he will have the stage all to himself.

Padraig Harrington was the last player to win two straight majors, in 2008, when he followed up a second British Open title with a victory at the PGA Championship the following month.

As Tiger Woods noted Tuesday, the depth of quality in world golf has meant victories are being shared around more than ever but Kaymer has claimed two of the biggest of the year already — the U.S. Open and the Players Championship, described by some as golf's 'fifth major.'

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