The third of the German Tour Player series takes a short look at the two greatest players Germany has produced.
Martin Kaymer- Born 1984 in Dusseldorf
Being only the second German player to win a Major, for several years Kaymer looked like he might be able to take over the reins from Bernard Langer. Unfortunately, his form dipped after winning the U.S. Open in 2014 ( he was number 1 on the world ranking for 8 weeks in 2011), and he has failed to recover since. In total Kaymer has 23 professional wins under his belt with two of those being Majors.
Martin Kaymer showed his enormous potential when he played a 59 (click on the image to enlarge).
I will always remember my disbelief when I first heard of the 59 round that Kaymer shot in 2006. He had been making a name for himself for a few months before, but when I heard of this performance it seemed to me that this kid could go all the way.
The famous scorecard hangs on the wall in the PGA of Germany offices.
The most impressive thing about a young golfer achieving such a score is how the player has no fear.
Although I am sure that playing under 60 in the future will become more common, Kaymer achieved this while it is still a phenomenon that only very few can achieve.
The first player to shoot 59 in a tour-sanctioned event was American Al Geiberger in 1977, who became known as Mr. 59
Bernard Langer-Born 1957 in Anhausen, Germany.
When Langer first came to prominence on the tour by winning the 1980 Dunlop Masters. Langer had long been showing the signs of a potential star when he finally broke through. After Bernard Cooke had photographed and captured his swing on camera in the 70`s he immediately predicted a great future career for the young German.
The swing of young Langer in the late seventies. Although he corrected the soft left knee in the swing finish, little else has changed throughout an enormously successful career, even the stronger grip (although it has become more common in modern professional golf ).
He is, without a doubt, Germany's greatest golfer ever. Langer`s career spans a total of 50 years since he started his professional life as an apprentice in 1972, the winner of 2 Majors and a total of 129 tournaments!
Yet despite laying claim to world superstar status (which is measured by both length of their career and the number of significant wins) Langer will be equally remembered for his patience, quietness, and discipline.
Germany can be proud of their greatest player.
Important throughout Langer`s long career was his relationship with German coach Willie Hoffman.