Kaymer says short game key to his Masters bid


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Martin Kaymer isn’t thinking about a green jacket just yet.

He’d like to build some momentum by making the cut.

Kaymer, the world’s No. 1 player, has failed to make the cut in three tries at the Masters.

What’s been the problem?

“My problem was that I was not sharp enough in my short game,” Kaymer said. “I missed a lot of short putts the last few years. I didn’t make a lot of ups and downs.”

While Kaymer, a fader of the ball, says he thought learning to hit a draw would help him, he believes short game's more important than the shape of his shot. Kaymer's broken par just once in six Masters' round. His low score is a 71.

Kaymer said he sees Luke Donald as the favorite to win this week, in part, because of Donald's short game. Donald beat Kaymer in the final round of the Accenture Match Play Championship.

“His short game is unbelievable,” Kaymer said.

Kaymer unsuccessfully tried to unearth some short-game secrets from Donald after he got beat by him.

“I said, `How did you become so good in the short game?’” Kaymer said.

“He said, `I don’t know.’”

“I said, `I understand.’”