PONTE VEDRA BEACH, United States: Martin Kaymer survived a late double-bogey to win the US PGA Tour’s prestigious Players Championship yesterday by one stroke over Jim Furyk.
Kaymer notched his first title worldwide since he won the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa on December 2, 2012, coming up with three clutch pars to close out a one-under par 71 for a 13-under total of 275.
“It’s always difficult to come back after a little break, but obviously you see the leaderboard, you see where you are, but I played really, really well the first 14 holes,” Kaymer stated.
“I made a couple wrong decisions (after the weather delay). On 16, I should have chipped it. It was not the right decision, but that was a big putt on 17.”
The victory in the $10m tournament was just the second of Kaymer’s career on the US PGA Tour -- to go with his major triumph at the 2010 PGA Championship.
The former world number one from Germany had a three-shot lead and was lining up a putt at the 14th when players were called off the course because of lightning in the area.
When play resumed, with officials hoping to get the tournament finished before darkness fell, Kaymer promptly found himself in trouble with a double-bogey six at the 15th.
Furyk, meanwhile, came back from the break to wrap up a six-under 66 for a 12-under total of 276. With his lead down to one-shot lead, Kaymer was unable to birdie the par-five 16th, but he kept his nose in front with a 28-foot, breaking putt to save par at the par-three 17th and parred 18 in near darkness for the win.
Sergio Garcia, the 2008 champion, closed with a 2-under 70 to grab third place on 11-under-par 277 on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.AFP