Martin Kaymer returns to the Netherlands this week as part of a top-heavy field for the KLM Open. The German is the defending champion of the event – his first in 2010 after becoming a major champion at Whistling Straits.
On Tuesday, Kaymer looked back at his attitude coming into the week last year, still riding very high from his playoff win over Bubba Watson to take the Wanamaker trophy.
“That was my first big tournament after my win in the PGA Championship and my manager Johan told me that I told him the day before the tournament that I was going to win here. I just had so much confidence that I made it happen on Sunday afternoon,” Kaymer said.
Not only was Kaymer more sure of himself because he prevailed at the PGA but this event is closest to his hometown of Dusseldorf.
“It was just nice to come here knowing that I had the confidence from having a big title in my pocket and playing in front of my friends and family because this is the closest tournament to my home,” he said.
Kaymer held up, though, when asked if he considered this event as his hometown tournament as he exclaimed, ”Well I am not a Dutch person!”
The winner in Abu Dhabi again this year may not be defending his title off of a win the week prior, but he seems to share a mentality consistent with the younger guard.
“You don’t have to hit stupid shots but you have to be aggressive when you have to be. I’m more that type of player,” he said. “I might screw up a few tournaments by doing that but on the other hand I might win a few unexpectedly and that’s the way I like to play golf.”