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Martin Kaymer

Image by Keith Allison via Flickr

The German golfer Martin Kaymer makes a last day surge to clinch the WGC – HSBC Champions at Sheshan International GC in Shanghai China.  Starting the day 5 shots adrift of the leader, Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden, he overhauled the lead and ended up 3 shots in front with a score of 20 under par.

The first day saw the eventual winner sitting in 9th place 4 shots off the lead and although the eventual winner play steady golf throughout the first 3 days it took a tremendous effort to overtake the field and claim the €842,218 prize money.  Fredrik Jacobson who led through the first 3 days was forced back into second place by Kaymer’s charge.

Kaymer started steadily by paring the first 6 holes then finding himself in the sand on the 7th he must have been hoping to put it close to save his par only to pop it straight in the hole for his first birdie of the day.  He slotted another birdie on the 8th and then birdied 7 of the back 9 holes for a convincing win.

Over the 72 holes Kaymer managed 24 birdies and 4 bogies; with the 2nd baffling him twice and forcing bogies.

The win paired nicely with his other win in the European Tour Series this year at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.  Kaymer now stands at number 2 in the Race To Dubai rankings tucked in behind Luke Donald; it has also raised him up to 4th on the Official World Golf Rankings

Kaymer said in his interview “I just played really good golf, and finally I’m glad that it came together, because the last few weeks, I played good golf but it has not happened yet. It was nice that it happened here, the World Golf Championships event.”

There were 3 Britain’s in the top 5 in China with Graeme McDowell at 3rd with -16 for Northern Ireland and Paul Casey, England, and Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, both tying for 4th with -15.