Martin Kaymer Comes from Behind to Win WGC-HSBC Champions
Martin Kaymer was five strokes back heading into the final round on Sunday at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. It didn't look like he was in contention to win but a birdie from the bunker on the 7th was the beginning of something magical. Kaymer would go on to birdie the 8th hole and head into the back nine at 2-under for the round.
(Kaymer made 9 birdies on Sunday in his comeback victory. Photo: The Guardian)
The fun really began for Kaymer and the fans on the 10th hole. His first birdie on the back nine was the beginning of four consecutive birdies ending with a par on hole 14. Kaymer was unfazed by the par and made birdies on 15, 17, and 18 to win the tournament by three strokes over Fredrik Jacobson. Jacobson looked to be in control of his own destiny until the made a 3-putt bogey on the 8th hole. He would hold it together on the back nine posting two birdies but a bogey on the 17th, a par 3, sealed his fate as runner-up.
Kaymer's win looked similar to Luke Donald's win just a few weeks ago at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. In the final event of the fall series, Donald ran off six consecutive birdies to start the back nine on Sunday and earn the victory. This week in Shanghai, Kaymer made 15 birdies and just two bogies in his final two rounds on his way to victory. He played his final 33 holes at 15-under par and managed just four bogies the entire event.
The win comes at a great time for Kaymer, who many think had a disappointing 2011. Kaymer won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January but has been winless ever since. The win moved him back into the top five in the Official World Golf Rankings, just one spot back from where he started the 2011 season.