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Kaymer plans post-Masters surgery

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DORAL, Fla. – Although the broad-shouldered German wasn’t showing any signs of injury early in his first round at Doral, Martin Kaymer is headed for the DL shortly after next month’s Masters.

Kaymer broke four bones in his left foot in a go-cart accident last September and had to have an assortment of screws and plates surgically inserted. The injury forced Kaymer to miss eight weeks and likely cost him last year’s European Tour Order of Merit title.

The Thursday after he plays the year’s first major at Augusta National Kaymer plans to go home to Germany and have the hardware removed, a procedure that will take 10 to 12 days to mend.

“I wanted to play Quail Hollow (April 29-May 2) but I’ll have to take that week off now,” said Kaymer, who was hopeful he could return in time to play the Players Championship May 6-9.

Despite Kaymer’s solid play this year, he won the Abu Dhabi Championship in January and finished fourth two weeks later in Dubai, he said the injury has been causing him pain.

“Depending on the lie, if I’m under or over the ball, it really hurts,” he said.