HOYLAKE, England – Martin Kaymer is German. Germany won the World Cup two days ago. His Tuesday news conference at the British Open was 80 percent soccer, 20 percent golf.
Kaymer opened with a few comments about how he’s determined not to have a letdown following a great stretch that produced victories at The Players and the U.S. Open, then questions from the British press went straight to soccer.
“It was probably the first moment in my career as an athlete where I was very, very proud to be a German athlete,” Kaymer said at Royal Liverpool. “Not because of my own success. The win is one thing, that they won the World Cup, but I think the way they played football, the way they carried themselves, very grounded people.”
Kaymer watched the championship game Sunday in Scotland with his caddie Craig Connelly, who is Scottish.
The World Cup team and Kaymer have been intertwined for most of the last month. Kaymer won the U.S. Open in Pinehurst, a day before Germany won its opening game against Portugal. After that game Germany’s Thomas Muller mentioned Kaymer and said his Open victory was a nice way for the team to start the soccer tournament.
“Some of the players send me videos, how they are putting in the room,” Kaymer said. “When they are playing golf on the golf course, which is next door.
“It’s a very good relationship because it’s very natural. It’s not fake, it’s not forced. So the interest from the players, or from the national team, there’s enough interest in golf. And obviously for me as a German and playing football for many years, there’s interest on that side. So it’s quite nice to work together.”
All soccer talk aside, Kaymer has played in six British Opens and his best finish is a T-7 in 2010 at the Old Course. He believes this is a week he can improve on his record.
“I just really enjoy playing this kind of golf,” he said. “There’s never really a standard golf shot. There’s always something you have to put in consideration.