At The End, Kaymer Was In Control

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | Love it or hate it, the island 17th rarely disappoints.
After a week that saw course records fall, notables miss the cut, a showdown fizzle and the expected storylines sink in the dark tidewaters that surround TPC Sawgrass, Martin Kaymer hung on through a rain delay and a bundle of nerves to win the Players Championship by one shot. In the process he gave golf fans another unforgettable moment on Pete Dye’s most famous par-3.
To set up the drama: Kaymer, who matched the competitive course record with a stunning 63 on Thursday, held a three-shot lead in what looked like an effortless bogey-free round when threatening weather blew into the area and suspended play for 93 minutes. Then, at 7:12 p.m., in a cool, steady sprinkle, a different Martin Kaymer went back out to the course.
After two-putting for par at 14, his first full shot after the break, a driver at 15, was one of his worst swings of the week, a pull hook that nestled on the pine straw under a yawning oak. With no option other than a punch-out 5-iron, he attempted to get the ball near the front of the green, but pulled it into the high rough left of the greenside bunker. From there he made a mess of things, chunking a pitch into the
bunker, blasting a sand shot too far and then two-putting for a sloppy double bogey, the first blemish of the day and the kind of self-inflicted injury that could have derailed the round.


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