Martin Kaymer

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Martin Kaymer
Kaymer in 2006
Personal information
Born (1984-12-28) 28 December 1984 (age 34)
Düsseldorf, West Germany
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
NationalityFlag of Germany.svg  Germany
Residence Mettmann, Germany [1]
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S. [2]
Turned professional2005
Current tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins23
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
European Tour11
Sunshine Tour1
Challenge Tour2
Best results in major championships
(wins: 2)
Masters Tournament T16: 2017
PGA Championship Won: 2010
U.S. Open Won: 2014
The Open Championship T7: 2010
Achievements and awards
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
European Tour
Race to Dubai winner
European Tour
Golfer of the Year

Martin Kaymer ( /ˈkmər/ German: [ˈkaɪmɐ] ; born 28 December 1984) is a German professional golfer. A winner of two major championships, he was also the No. 1 ranked golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking for eight weeks in 2011.

Professional golfer golfer with professional status; ordinarily cannot play in amateur tournaments

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Mens major golf championships Four prestigious annual tournaments in professional golf

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Kaymer achieved his first major victory at the 2010 PGA Championship, which he won over Bubba Watson in a 3-hole playoff. That same year, he was also awarded the European Tour's Harry Vardon Trophy for winning the Race to Dubai. He also won the 2011 WGC-HSBC Champions.

2010 PGA Championship golf tournament held in 2010

The 2010 PGA Championship was the 92nd PGA Championship, played August 12–15 at the Straits Course of the Whistling Straits complex in Haven, Wisconsin.

Bubba Watson professional golfer

Gerry Lester "Bubba" Watson Jr. is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. One of the few left-handed golfers on tour, he is a multiple major champion, with victories at the Masters Tournament in 2012 and 2014. In February 2015, Watson reached a career-high 2nd place in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The Harry Vardon Trophy is awarded by the European Tour. Since 2009 it has been awarded to the winner of the Race to Dubai. Before then it was awarded to the winner of the "Order of Merit". From 1975 to 2008 the Order of Merit was based on prize money but before that date a points system was used. From 1937 until the formation of the European Tour in 1972 the award was presented by the British PGA. The trophy is named for the Jersey golfing great Harry Vardon, who died in 1937.

Kaymer is also hailed for sinking a putt on the 18th hole at Medinah Country Club on the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup, which helped retain the cup for Europe and overturned a four-point deficit against the United States at the start of the final day's play.

Medinah Country Club country club and golf course in Illinois, United States

Medinah Country Club is a private country club in Medinah, Illinois, with nearly 600 members and 640 acres (260 ha) containing three golf courses, Lake Kadijah, swimming facilities, a golf learning center, golf shop, gun club, racket center and a Byzantine-style, mosque-evoking clubhouse with Oriental, Louis XIV and Italian architectural aspects. Medinah is widely known for its Course 3, now at 7,657 yards (7,002 m), which has hosted five major championships: three U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships, as well as the Ryder Cup in 2012.

2012 Ryder Cup 2012 edition of the Ryder Cup

The 39th Ryder Cup was held September 28–30, 2012, in the United States at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, a suburb northwest of Chicago. This was the first time that the Ryder Cup was held in Illinois. Europe went into the competition as the cup holders, having won in 2010 to regain it. The team captains were Davis Love III for the U.S. and José María Olazábal for Europe.

In May 2014, Kaymer won The Players Championship, the flagship event of the PGA Tour. A month later, he led each round of the 2014 U.S. Open and won his second major by eight strokes.

The 2014 PGA Tour is the 99th season of the PGA Tour, and the 47th since separating from the PGA of America. The season, which began on October 10, 2013, is the first to span two calendar years, with an October–September format.

2014 Players Championship

The 2014 Players Championship was a golf tournament in Florida on the PGA Tour, held May 8–11 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, southeast of Jacksonville. It was the 41st Players Championship.

PGA Tour Golf tour in the United States

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Early life

Born in Düsseldorf, West Germany, Kaymer turned professional at age 20 in 2005 and is a member of the European Tour. He has won eleven tournaments on the tour including four in 2010 to win for the first time the Race to Dubai, formerly the Order of Merit. [3] Among those wins was the PGA Championship in the United States, which made him only the second German (after Bernhard Langer) to win a major championship. He also won the WGC-HSBC Champions to become the tenth player to win both a major title and a World Golf Championship event. in 2014 he won his second major championship, the US Open at Pinehurst.

Düsseldorf Place in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Düsseldorf is the capital and second-largest city of the most populous German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia after Cologne, as well as the seventh-largest city in Germany, with a population of 617,280. At the confluence of the Rhine and its tributary Düssel, the city lies in the centre of both the Rhine-Ruhr and the Rhineland Metropolitan Regions with the Cologne Bonn Region to its south and the Ruhr to its north. Most of the city lies on the right bank of the Rhine. The city is the largest in the German Low Franconian dialect area. "Dorf" meaning "village" in German, the "-dorf" suffix is unusual in the German-speaking area for a settlement of Düsseldorf's size.

West Germany Federal Republic of Germany in the years 1949–1990

West Germany was the informal name for the Federal Republic of Germany, a country in Central Europe, in the period between its formation on 23 May 1949 and German reunification on 3 October 1990. During this Cold War period, the western portion of Germany was part of the Western bloc. The Federal Republic was created during the Allied occupation of Germany after World War II, established from eleven states formed in the three Allied zones of occupation held by the United States, the United Kingdom and France. Its (provisional) capital was the city of Bonn. The Cold War era West Germany is unofficially historically designated the "Bonn Republic".

The 2010 European Tour is the second edition of the Race to Dubai and the 39th season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972.

Early professional career

Kaymer picked up his first professional win at the age of 20 as an amateur at the Central German Classic in 2005 on the third-tier EPD Tour. He shot a −19 (67-64-66=197) to win the tournament by a margin of five strokes. [4]

Kaymer played full-time on the EPD Tour in 2006 from February to August. He played in 14 tournaments and picked up five victories. He finished in the top 10 in all but two of the tournaments. [5] Kaymer won the Order of Merit on the EPD Tour in 2006 by earning €26,664.

Kaymer shot a round of 59 (−13) in the second round of the Habsburg Classic. This was his scorecard: [6]


Due to his success on the EPD Tour, Kaymer received an invitation to compete in and then won his first event as a professional on the Challenge Tour, the Vodafone Challenge in his native Germany. [7] He played in eight events from August to October winning again a month later at the Open des Volcans in France. [8] Kaymer ended up finishing 4th on the Order of Merit list despite playing in only eight events. In all he earned €93,321. [9] He finished in the top 5 in six tournaments, and his worst finish was a 13th-place finish. Due to Kaymer's success on the Challenge Tour, he earned a European Tour card for 2007.

Professional career

2007: European Tour debut & Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year

Kaymer made his debut on the European Tour in 2007 at the UBS Hong Kong Open, but he failed to make the cut. He missed the cut in his first five events of the season. In March, Kaymer made his first cut of the season at the Singapore Masters; he finished in a tie for 20th place. In his first seven events of the season, he only made one cut. All of those events were played outside of Europe.

Kaymer found immediate success once he started playing in Europe again. He finished in a tie for 15th at the Madeira Island Open, which was the season's first Tour event played in Europe. The following week, he finished in a tie for 3rd at the Portuguese Open. He made seven consecutive cuts from 23 March to 1 June. During that streak, his worst finish was a tie for 35th and he recorded five top 25 finishes.

From 7 June to 9 September, Kaymer played in nine tournaments but only made two cuts. In the two tournaments where he made the cut, he did very well. Kaymer finished in a tie for 7th at the Open de France. Seven weeks later, he finished in a tie for 2nd at the Scandinavian Masters.

Kaymer played in six of the last eight events of the season. He made the cut in all six of those events. On 18 October 2007 at the Portugal Masters, Kaymer shot a first round of 61 (−11). This round tied the lowest round of the 2007 European Tour season. It was also the new course record at the Oceânico Victoria Clube de Golfe. He went on to finish in a tie for 7th. Two weeks later at the year-ending Volvo Masters, he finished in 6th place. The Volvo Masters had one of the strongest fields on tour in 2007. He earned €140,000 for his 6th-place finish, which was Kaymer's largest payout from a tournament to that time. [10]

Kaymer earned €754,691 for the 2007 season, finishing as the highest-ranked rookie on the Order of Merit, in 41st position, and won the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award. He is the first German to win the award. Kaymer recorded five top 10s on the season. These performances took him into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time. In November 2007 he moved into the top 75, overtaking Bernhard Langer to become the highest-ranked German golfer. [11]

On 2 November, Kaymer signed with Sportyard, a sports management company based in Sweden. [12] He represented Germany at the 2007 Omega Mission Hills World Cup with four-time European Tour winner Alex Čejka; they tied for sixth place.

2008–2009: Continued success

Kaymer at the KLM Open in 2008 Martin Kaymer.JPG
Kaymer at the KLM Open in 2008

Kaymer started 2008 by winning his maiden European Tour event with a wire-to-wire victory at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. This achievement lifted him to 34th in the world rankings, making him the only player in the top 50 under the age of 25. [13] It also secured his entry into the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and the Masters. Two weeks after winning the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, he finished second in the Dubai Desert Classic. He finished the tournament with birdie-birdie-eagle but world number one Tiger Woods topped him by one stroke. Kaymer moved up to a high of 21st in the world rankings due to his runner-up finish.

Kaymer picked up his second victory of the year at the BMW International Open, becoming the first German to win the event in its 20-year history. [14] He held a six stroke lead going into the final round but then shot a 75 (+3) which resulted in Kaymer going to a playoff with Anders Hansen. Kaymer birdied the first playoff hole to win the tournament.

Kaymer came close to picking up his third win of the year at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, but he fell to Robert Karlsson in a three-man playoff that also included Ross Fisher. Kaymer recorded another runner-up finish at the Volvo Masters, finishing two strokes behind winner Søren Kjeldsen. Kaymer earned €1,794,500 in 2008 and finished 8th on the Order of Merit. Kaymer narrowly missed selection for the 2008 Ryder Cup, but European captain Nick Faldo invited Kaymer to assist the European side in a non-playing capacity which Kaymer accepted. Kaymer represented his country at the 2008 Omega Mission Hills World Cup with Alex Čejka. The pair finished in fifth.

In 2009, Kaymer almost defended his title at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship but finished in a tie for second, one stroke behind winner Paul Casey. He continued his success in the Middle East by finishing in a tie for fourth at the Dubai Desert Classic. Kaymer won his third European Tour event in July, the Open de France ALSTOM. He defeated Lee Westwood on the first hole of a playoff when Westwood hit his approach shot into the water. [15] The win moved Kaymer into the top 100 of the European Tour Career Earnings list.

He also won the following week at the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond Golf Club in Glasgow, for his fourth career win. He came from a shot behind on the final day with a round of 2-under 69 to win by two strokes. [16] The win elevated him to 11th in the Official World Golf Ranking. [17] The week after that, Kaymer finished T-34 at the Open Championship, which was his best finish in a major to that time. He bettered this when he moved through the final round field to finish in a tie for sixth at the PGA Championship.

Kaymer suffered an injury in a go-kart accident and missed September and October. He returned to the final stages of the Race to Dubai on the European Tour and finished the season ranked third.

2010: PGA Championship win

In January 2010, Kaymer won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship by one shot over Ian Poulter. [18] After missing the cut at the Masters, Kaymer performed very well in the 2010 majors. He tied for eighth at the U.S. Open and tied for seventh at The Open Championship, after starting the final round in third place.

On 15 August in Wisconsin, Kaymer won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits for his first major title. [19] Finishing regulation play in a two-way tie at 11 under par, he defeated Bubba Watson in a three-hole aggregate playoff. [20]

Kaymer was a member of the winning European Ryder Cup team in 2010. He won both four-balls (partnered with Westwood and Poulter), halved his foursome and lost his singles match. A week later he won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews with Danny Willett coming in three strokes behind. He was the first player since Tiger Woods in 2006 to win three successive tournaments in a year and the first European to achieve this since Nick Faldo in 1989. [21] The win took him to a career high of third in the Official World Golf Ranking. [22] Kaymer and Graeme McDowell shared the European Tour Golfer of the Year award. [23]

2011: Becomes world's No. 1 ranked player & first WGC win

Entering the 2011 season, Kaymer turned down a chance to become a full PGA Tour member; he had gained exempt status with his win in the PGA Championship. He stated he would concentrate on the European Tour for 2011, but would play several U.S. events as well.

In January, Kaymer claimed his third Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship title in four years and displaced Tiger Woods as number two in the world rankings. [24]

After his runner-up finish at the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Kaymer overtook Lee Westwood as the number one golfer in the world, making him only the second German (after Bernhard Langer) to be the top-ranked golfer in the world. At the time he was the second youngest to reach world number one behind Tiger Woods, soon surpassed by Rory McIlroy in March 2012, who gained the top ranking at age 22. In April, he relinquished his number one ranking after eight weeks to Westwood, who won the Indonesian Masters. [25]

After reaching the number one ranking, Kaymer decided to undergo a swing change to be able to move the ball both ways. Frustrated with his disappointing results at the Masters, Kaymer looked to better shape a draw, a shot he thought he needed to be able to contend at Augusta. [26] Kaymer missed the cut at the Masters for the fourth time in 2011 and later admitted that changing his swing for Augusta was a “big mistake.” [27] The rest of 2011 was relatively inconsistent for Kaymer.

In November 2011, Kaymer won his first WGC title at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, China. He entered the final round trailing Fredrik Jacobson by five strokes, then shot a final round 9-under 63 to take the title by three strokes from Jacobson. After parring his opening six holes, Kaymer birdied nine of the remaining twelve, with four straight birdies at the start of the back nine. This was the biggest comeback win ever in the history of the WGC events, and the lowest final round by a WGC winner, topping a 64 set by Hunter Mahan in 2010. Kaymer became the tenth player to have won both a major and a WGC event, and the win took him back to world number four. [28]

2012–2013: Retaining the Ryder Cup for Europe among struggles

Kaymer struggled for most of the 2012 season dropping to 32nd in the world golf rankings. Kaymer had only 6 top tens with no worldwide victories. During the 2012 Ryder Cup, European Captain Jose Maria Olazabal played the struggling Kaymer in only one team match before the Sunday singles matches. The European team completed a historic comeback from 10-6 down at the start of the final day. Kaymer won his singles match of the Ryder Cup against Steve Stricker by one hole. His putt on the 18th retained the cup for Europe and completed the historic comeback. After the clinching putt, Kaymer said that Langer's miss at Kiawah in 1991 slipped through his mind. [29]

2013 was another inconsistent year for Kaymer with no worldwide victories. Kaymer decided to join the PGA Tour for the 2013 season. [30]

2014: PGA Tour success and U.S. Open win

In May 2014, Kaymer earned a wire-to-wire win at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, finishing −13 for a one-shot victory over runner-up Jim Furyk. He started the week with a course record-tying 63 in the first round at the Stadium Course of TPC at Sawgrass, joining Fred Couples (1992), Greg Norman (1994), and Roberto Castro (2013). He played the front nine (his second nine) in 29 (−7). This was the first time ever, back or front nine, that a player shot below 30 through nine holes at The Players. The final round was delayed due to bad weather while Kaymer was playing the 14th hole. [31] He holed a difficult 28-foot (8.5 m) par putt (with a huge downhill left-to-right-break) on the 17th green to retain his one-stroke lead. His approach shot on 18 was short of the green but he holed the winning putt for par in near darkness and avoided a three-hole playoff. He became the fourth European to win this event (Sandy Lyle in 1987, Sergio García in 2008, and Henrik Stenson in 2009), and is the fourth to win a major, a World Golf Championship, and The Players, joining Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, and Phil Mickelson. Kaymer earned a winner's share of $1.8 million, the largest of his career, and re-entered the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, rising 33 places from 61st to 28th.

In June, Kaymer started the U.S. Open at Pinehurst with consecutive rounds of 65 (−5) to set a U.S. Open record for 36 holes (130). [32] He finished at 271 (−9), eight strokes ahead of runners-up Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, and became the first player in history to win those two championships back to back. [33] (Woods also held both titles concurrently, winning the U.S. Open in 2000 and The Players in March 2001; it moved to May in 2007.) With the win, Kaymer gained exempt status on the PGA Tour through 2019 and rose to eleventh in the world rankings. With his U.S. Open victory in 2014, Martin became the first non-British European golfer ever to win the U.S. Open, and one of few players to win two majors under the age of thirty.

In October 2014, Kaymer won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the annual 36-hole event featuring the year's four major champions. [34]

2015 season

The season began with Kaymer's appearance at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. With scores of 64, 67, and 65, he held to a six-shot lead after three rounds. This extended to a ten-shot lead after five holes in the final round. Kaymer found trouble in the bunkers, resulting in a round of 75 and a fall to third place behind Frenchman Gary Stal, who secured his first European Tour victory, and world number one Rory McIlroy. [35] Speaking after the round, Kaymer told the media that he was "in shock" at the result: "I'm surprised and shocked," the German said. "I don't really know how to put it into words. It was very, very surprising today. It will take me a few days to reflect on this. I don't think I played that badly. I started well and just hit two drives which led to two bad holes."

In August, after failing to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Kaymer lost his PGA Tour status for the 2015–16 season. He only played in 13 events, two less than the minimum for PGA Tour membership. [36]

2019 season

Kaymer looking to end a five-year winless drought, took charge of the Memorial Tournament in June 2019, after three rounds of 67-68-66, building a two stroke advantage after 54 holes. He soon doubled that during the early part of the final round, but faltered on the back nine, including finding the water on the 15th at Muirfield. Kaymer had to settle for a third-place finish, as Patrick Cantlay stormed through to take the title.

Amateur wins (2)

Professional wins (23)

European Tour wins (11)

Major championships (2)
World Golf Championships (1)
Other European Tour (8)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin
of victory
120 Jan 2008 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship 66-65-68-74=273−154 strokes Flag of Sweden.svg Henrik Stenson, Flag of England.svg Lee Westwood
222 Jun 2008 BMW International Open 68-63-67-75=273−15Playoff Flag of Denmark.svg Anders Hansen
35 Jul 2009 Open de France ALSTOM 62-72-69-68=271−13Playoff Flag of England.svg Lee Westwood
412 Jul 2009 Barclays Scottish Open 69-65-66-69=269−152 strokes Flag of Spain.svg Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Flag of France.svg Raphaël Jacquelin
524 Jan 2010 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship (2)67-67-67-66=267−211 stroke Flag of England.svg Ian Poulter
615 Aug 2010 PGA Championship 72-68-67-70=277−11Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Bubba Watson
712 Sep 2010 KLM Open 67-67-66-66=266−144 strokes Flag of Sweden.svg Christian Nilsson, Flag of Paraguay.svg Fabrizio Zanotti
810 Oct 2010 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 68-69-68-66=271−173 strokes Flag of England.svg Danny Willett
923 Jan 2011 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (3)67-65-66-66=264−248 strokes Ulster Banner.svg Rory McIlroy
106 Nov 2011 WGC-HSBC Champions 69-68-68-63=268−203 strokes Flag of Sweden.svg Fredrik Jacobson
1115 Jun 2014 U.S. Open 65-65-72-69=271−98 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Erik Compton, Flag of the United States.svg Rickie Fowler

European Tour playoff record (3–2)

1 2008 BMW International Open Flag of Denmark.svg Anders Hansen Won with birdie on first extra hole
22008 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Flag of England.svg Ross Fisher, Flag of Sweden.svg Robert Karlsson Karlsson won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2009 Open de France ALSTOM Flag of England.svg Lee Westwood Won with par on first extra hole
4 2010 PGA Championship Flag of the United States.svg Bubba Watson Won three-hole aggregate playoff
Kaymer 4-2-5=11 (E), Watson 3-3-6=12 (+1)
5 2015 Open d'Italia Flag of Sweden.svg Rikard Karlberg Lost to birdie on second extra hole

PGA Tour wins (3)

Major championships (2)
Players Championships (1)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin
of victory
115 Aug 2010 PGA Championship 72-68-67-70=277−11Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Bubba Watson
211 May 2014 The Players Championship 63-69-72-71=275−131 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Jim Furyk
315 Jun 2014 U.S. Open 65-65-72-69=271−98 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Erik Compton, Flag of the United States.svg Rickie Fowler

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

12010 PGA Championship Flag of the United States.svg Bubba Watson Won three-hole aggregate playoff:
Kaymer 4-2-5=11 (E), Watson 3-3-6=12 (+1)

Challenge Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin
of victory
113 Aug 2006 Vodafone Challenge 70-67-64-70=271−182 strokes Flag of England.svg Matthew King, Flag of Spain.svg Álvaro Quirós
217 Sep 2006 Open des Volcans 67-64-69-71=271−136 strokes Flag of France.svg Michael Lorenzo-Vera

Sunshine Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin
of victory
12 Dec 2012 Nedbank Golf Challenge 72-69-70-69=280−82 strokes Flag of South Africa.svg Charl Schwartzel

EPD Tour wins (6)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin
of victory
114 Jun 2005Central German Classic
(as an amateur)
67-64-66=197−195 strokes Flag of Germany.svg Wolfgang Huget
21 Jun 2006Friedberg Classic70-64-69=203−137 strokes Flag of Denmark.svg Mark Grabow Schytter
322 Jun 2006Habsburg Classic68-59-62=189−2710 strokes Flag of the Netherlands.svg Rick Huiskamp
44 Jul 2006Coburg Brose Open68-68-68=204−124 strokes Flag of Denmark.svg Lasse Jensen
512 Jul 2006Winterbrock Classic68-60-71=199−171 stroke Flag of Germany.svg Richard Treis
617 Aug 2006Hockenberg Classic72-64-63=199−177 strokes Flag of Germany.svg Christoph Günther

Other wins (2)

Major championships

Wins (2)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner(s)-up
2010 PGA Championship 4 shot deficit−11 (72-68-67-70=277)Playoff1 Flag of the United States.svg Bubba Watson
2014 U.S. Open 5 shot lead−9 (65-65-72-69=271)8 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Erik Compton, Flag of the United States.svg Rickie Fowler

1 Defeated Bubba Watson in a three-hole playoff: Kaymer (4-2-5=11) and Watson (3-3-6=12)

Results timeline

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUTCUTCUTCUTT44T35T31CUTT49T1648
U.S. Open T53CUTT8T39T15T59 1 CUTT37T35CUT
The Open Championship 80T34T7T12CUTT3270T12T36T37CUT
PGA Championship CUTT6 1 CUTCUTT33CUTT12T7T42
Masters Tournament T51
PGA Championship CUT
U.S. Open T35
The Open Championship
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied


TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 000001127
PGA Championship 100134116
U.S. Open 100123129
The Open Championship 000013119

The Players Championship

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2014 The Players Championship Tied for lead−13 (63-69-72-71=275)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Jim Furyk

Results timeline

The Players Championship T55T34T19T15T431T56T39T69CUT71

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

World Golf Championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner-up
2011 WGC-HSBC Champions 5 shot deficit−20 (69-68-68-63=268)3 strokes Flag of Sweden.svg Fredrik Jacobson

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Mexico Championship T57T35T3T24T20T49T58T31T42T23
Match Play R64R32R322R16R16R64T34T18T17
Bridgestone Invitational T68T60T22T29T29T9T56T45
HSBC Champions T6T30 1 9 T8 T6T30T40
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Note: HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

European Tour professional career summary

YearStartsCuts madeWins2nd3rdTop 10Top 25Earnings (€)Money list rank
2007 291601152754,69141
2008 25192308121,794,5008
2009 20172207122,864,3423
2010 221840110164,461,0111
2011 22192218133,489,0333
2012 2419001613996,38230
2013 18180007121,042,03724
2014 1815100251,793,33915
2015 2119011591,429,26822
2016 22200008131,622,33317
2017 2116000281,093,82633
Career*24420711954311621,340,760 12

* As of the 2015 season

Team appearances



Ryder Cup points record

See also

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