Martin Kaymer shares much with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. For starters, the three are multiple major champions sharing nine major titles amongst them with Kaymer a PGA Championship and US Open winner.
Until recently, the trio had struggled to regain winning form with Spieth ending a near four-year winless drought early last month in capturing the Valero Texas Open while it was last Sunday when McIlroy ended his own winless run of 18 months in capturing a third Wells Fargo Championship.
Kaymer tees-up in this week’s BetFred British Masters having not tasted success since destroying the field to win by eight shots at the 2014 US Open. And he was asked if the now 36-year-old could draw any inspiration from what Spieth and now McIlroy have done in recent weeks.
“I think it’s always interesting – it would be nice to talk to them (Spieth and McIlroy), but in a really honest way – what they have been through, what did it take, was it a mental thing, a technical thing, expectations, whatever it was,” said Kaymer.
“You always need to respect guys who have huge expectations and can’t live up to them every single time they play, which is very normal. To then come back in their way, not stressing about others. It’s interesting to see and understand how they got there – everybody can learn from that, not just as a golfer.”
And while Kaymer continues to put himself in contention for victory, there is still the aspect of this year’s Ryder Cup returning to Whistling Straits where 11-years ago he broke through to capture the 2010 PGA Championship. There are many supporters out there that would like to see the very affable German being among Padraig Harrington’s team even if he were travelling to Wisconsin without his golf clubs.
“I’m suggesting that there’s always a chance to be on the (Ryder Cup) team,” he said. “If I’m in form a couple of months before the Ryder Cup and the captain feels as though I could be beneficial for the team, there’s a decent chance for me to be part of the team, in one way or another.
“The other day someone asked me if I’d be a Vice Captain, my mind has never been there. But if I can help the team that way, of course, I’d be open to this. But my main goal is to make the team in a normal way, to qualify, to be one of the top nine players, and if not I can only get in with good form. We need to see how I play in the summer.”
Kaymer will play the opening two rounds this week grouped with in-form Scot Robert MacIntyre and Norwegian Rasmus Hojgaard.