Martin Kaymer sealed victory in the USPGA Championship at Whistling Straits after a three hole playoff and some controversial rulings. In winning the tournament Kaymer not only becomes the first German to win the US PGA but also moved to fifth in the world rankings.
The controversy came when Dustin Johnson was ruled to have grounded his club on the sand and was forced to switch a five for a seven, ruling him out of what he thought was a place in the play off. The American was clearly disappointed by the decision but appeared to accept the ruling.
“It never crossed my mind I was in a sand trap” he explained, adding “The only worse thing that could have happened was if I made that putt (to ‘win’). I just thought I was on a piece of dirt the crowd had trampled down. Obviously I know the rules – you can’t ground the club in a bunker – but I guess it’s one situation where I should have looked at a rulesheet. The official said the whole course is a bunker. It’s up to them. If it was up to me I would not have thought I was in a bunker.”
Kaymer had finished 11 under on 277 to tie with Bubba Watson, leaving the two to battle it out over three holes and the German ultimately taking the title.
“I was nervous in the regular round, but it the play-off it was strange – I felt very calm, very confident. It’s just amazing. I don’t realise what has just happened – I just won my first major and I am just on Tour for four years. I have goosebumps.”
The tournament had seen Rory McIlroy, just 21, sense victory only to finish in joint third place, just one shot behind the leaders.