Kaymer puts Europe in the driving seat

Martin Kaymer

Martin Kaymer

A year on from a go-kart injury that left him out of action for two months, German golfer Martin Kaymer has given European hopes a huge boost by winning the US PGA Championship with just six weeks to go before golf’s most high-profile event gets underway.

As well as Kaymer breaking his duck by winning his first Major, he also emphatically confirmed his place on the European team that will be looking to win back the trophy they lost in 2008.

Despite his recent success, Kaymer may have isolated himself from European fans, who hold the Cup in high esteem, after he suggested in a Ryder Cup Preview that a Major win eclipses anything else that he could ever achieve.

Those who bet on Ryder Cup matches will note that this is an outlook that hardened Ryder Cup veteran and European team captain Colin Montgomerie will be looking to change in the six weeks remaining before the Cup.

However, with competition for places on the European team intense (veteran campaigner Sergio Garcia is one of several big names likely to miss out on a place in the European team), Montgomerie will be well aware that any attempt to instil the importance of a Ryder Cup victory into Kaymer will be one of his least important tasks before the Cup commences.

Despite Lee Westwood currently being injured, punters had been confident of a European victory even before Kaymer achieved his excellent result at Whistling Straits and, with world number one Tiger Woods now relying upon a wildcard pick to take part in the competition, it is unlikely that fans and golf bettors alike will change their minds about Europe being the favourites to win the 2010 Ryder Cup in front of their home fans.