IRVING, Texas – In the hours after his Players Championship victory, Martin Kaymer didn’t have a big party, but he did celebrate with a notable fan.
“I got a nice text from Paul McGinley,” Kaymer said of the European Ryder Cup captain, who was working the event for Sky Sports. “He asked if we had plans or should we sit down at the bar and have a drink. We met. I took a shower and met him and my caddie at the bar, and we had one or two drinks and I was very tired. We talked about the Ryder Cup.”
Kaymer explained that it was good to spend some time with the man who could be his captain later this year.
“We don't know each other that well. I think we may have played once or twice together, but that was three or four years ago and that was just a nice evening. He said to me, ‘I know how it is when you win a golf tournament and you come back to your room and it feels lonely, because everybody left, and you are actually ready to have a drink at the bar and let it sink in.’ Not just so much partying, but relaxing and talking to someone about it, and it was nice.
“He talked about other players and how they played certain holes, and I could compare myself, and therefore you can learn in a different way again, and especially with his experience. He gave me some tips. It was just really nice, so I think we had a good conversation.”
Just in case there’s question as to whether Kaymer would dip into the $1.8 million payout, he revealed this much about the bar tab: He picked it up.