Kaymer (66) back in major contention


SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – Maybe it’s an even-year thing for Martin Kaymer.

In 2010, the German won his first major at the PGA Championship, and four years in 2014 he added a Players Championship followed shortly thereafter by a U.S. Open.

It’s no surprise then that Kaymer opened with a 4-under 66, the afternoon’s best round at Baltusrol, to move within a stroke of the lead at the PGA Championship.

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“I don't think it has much to do with the years,” Kaymer said. “It's more about that has always been my career, even as an amateur, since 2002 and 2003, I always go through some really nice highs. And then for some people, they are very bad lows. For me, they are fine, because I know why they come and I'm not too worried about it.”

Kaymer, who lost his PGA Tour membership this year, has played solid this summer in Europe, with four top-10 finishes in his last nine starts. It’s similar to his record prior to his breakthrough in ’10 at the PGA.

Kaymer did offer one possible explanation for why he seems to play his best golf in even-numbered years.

“Those are the Ryder Cup years, and obviously for us, it's huge to qualify and play,” said Kaymer, who isn’t currently qualified for the European team but could move himself into contention with a good week at Baltusrol.