Kaymer: Winning Ryder putt defined my career


CHASKA, Minn. – Martin Kaymer clinched Europe’s historic comeback victory the last time the Ryder Cup was staged on American soil.

Yes, he won the U.S. Open and The Players Championship in runaway victories two years ago, and he won the PGA Championship in a playoff in 2010, but Kaymer says his career is defined more by that Ryder Cup triumph at Medinah in 2012. 

He is asked more about the Ryder Cup than any other event.

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“There's nothing bigger,” he said Thursday. “The majors, it's kind of like a selfish win. I won it for myself, for my career, for my caddie. But the Ryder Cup putt includes hundreds of people.

“It's almost like in football or in soccer, where for some people, that is almost like a religion. I was very glad that I got that gift in 2012, to have the opportunity to make something amazing happen in my career, that will never happen again. There's nothing to compare it with, not the U.S. Open, not with any other major.

“So people definitely recognize my career more because of the Ryder Cup putt than any other tournament I ever won in my career.”