Since his blowout victory at the 2014 U.S. Open, Martin Kaymer has posted only seven top-10s worldwide and watched as his world ranking tumbled out of the top 20.
“I practiced less,” he told reporters with a laugh Wednesday at the European Tour's BMW Masters. “It’s pretty simple.”
It’s a refreshingly honest answer from Kaymer, the two-major winner who, at 30, said it’s important to savor the big wins whenever they come.
Besides, it’s not like the German completely abandoned his game – he simply devoted more time to the gym than the range.
“There’s a time for me to practice hard and wait for the success, and there’s a time for me to enjoy the success that I had,” he said. “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 new goals for the future.”
And those goals are clear for 2016, with both the Olympics and the Ryder Cup on the horizon.