Hey, ladies! Kaymer a fan of back-to-back Opens


PINEHURST, N.C. – When the USGA announced its plan to hold back-to-back Opens at Pinehurst No. 2, Sunday’s setting was exactly what officials had in mind.

While Martin Kaymer and Rickie Fowler prepared to play in the final pairing of the U.S. Open, LPGA players warmed up next to them on the driving range and stood as equals on the putting green.

While some may have done a double-take watching Natalie Gulbis hit balls next to players like Aaron Baddeley, the eventual men’s champion made it clear he was a fan of the Open overlap.

“I did like it, though. Some of them are very pretty,” Kaymer said after winning his second major title by eight shots. “There was actually one girl, I don’t know her name, but she had this putting tool on the putting green. I tried it. I asked her what it is, what it’s for.”

Kaymer’s nerves were likely quelled by his five-shot lead at the start of the final round, but he added that the…scenery in the practice area certainly didn’t hurt his pre-round preparation.

“It relaxes the atmosphere a little bit,” he said. “I’m sure a lot of guys out here enjoyed the view as much as we did. I didn’t mind it.”