Apparently Martin Kaymer is human after all.
Making his first start since he blitzed the field at the U.S. Open, Kaymer struggled to get anything going at the BMW International Open, and missed the cut after rounds of 71 and 73.
Kaymer hoped to draw from the partisan crowds this week in his native Germany, but after his opening score left him well down in the standings, his second round was derailed by three straight bogeys on Nos. 10-12. Kaymer's two-round total of even-par 144 left him four shots off the cut line and 12 shots behind co-leaders Pablo Larrazabal, Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo and Rafael Cabrera-Bello.
The culprit was the flat stick for Kaymer Friday in Cologne. He reached 17 of 18 greens in regulation but needed 35 putts to complete his round after taking 31 swipes on the greens during Round 1. His putting performance was a far cry from his eight-shot win at Pinehurst two weeks ago, when he averaged 27.5 putts per round and took only 26 putts during the final round.
Kaymer joins Tom Watson (1982) and Lee Janzen (1993) as the only players since 1980 to miss the cut in their first worldwide start after winning the U.S. Open. This is Kaymer's first missed cut since the Shell Houston Open in April, when he sat out the weekend after rounds of 71 and 75. In his first start after his win at The Players Championship, the German tied for 29th at the HP Byron Nelson Championship last month.