After a week off to celebrate his romp at Pinehurst, Martin Kaymer is set to return to action in his native Germany at the BMW International Open.
For Kaymer, the sooner he can get back on the course, the better.
"I look forward to playing golf again, not so much talking," Kaymer told Golf Channel in advance of this week's European Tour stop. "I've done a lot of talking, a lot of interviews the last 10 days, so I look forward to playing golf again."
Winning the U.S. Open by eight shots will certainly lead to a few interview requests, especially when it comes on the heels of a triumph at The Players Championship the month prior. Kaymer said he traveled to New York for three days following his second major win, and found his brief period of reflection to be more productive than the weeks following his breakthrough win at Whistling Straits in 2010.
"In the past, it took me a little bit. Even after the (2010) PGA Championship, I think it took me 6-7 months to really realize what happened, because I was so young and it was a little bit of a surprise for me," Kaymer said. "It was very nice to reflect (on the Open victory) right away, and to understand what had happened."
The German relishes a chance to play in front of partisan crowds this week in Cologne, but he also realizes that the expectations of the fans will likely remain lofty after his torrid stretch of play in recent weeks.
"I think they expect me to play as good as at Pinehurst. I think that's the minimum," he said. "I really hope I can enjoy it as much as possible, because it's a week you are supposed to enjoy, and hopefully I can."