Martin Kaymer

Martin Kaymer was poised to win the 2015 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship for a third time when he took a six-shot lead into the final round of the European Tour event but slipped back with a final round of 75 to finish in third. He came back the week after however and fired a final round of 64 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic to finish T4. He also finished fourth at the 2015 Open de France in July, shooting four under-par rounds at Le Golf National in Paris before recording a season-best finish (2nd) at the 72° OPEN D'ITALIA , narrowly losing out in a playoff.

2008

HOW IT HAPPENED...

He went close in Wales and Sweden during the 2007 season but Martin Kaymer finally realised the joy of becoming a European Tour Champion when he won his maiden title in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

The 23-year-old German – winner of The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year on The European Tour the previous season – led from the first day and indeed began the last round with a six shot lead. He finally closed out the title and the €225,421 (£170,135) winner’s cheque with a final round 74 for a 15 under par total of 273.

In the end the winning margin was four shots from the experienced duo of Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and England’s Lee Westwood who closed with respective rounds of 71 and 70 for an 11 under par total of 277, the victory seeing Kaymer move up to fifth on The European Tour Order of Merit.

It also saw the talented young man move into the top 35 on the Official World Golf Ranking and also take the record as the youngest German winner in European Tour history, his victory coming at age 23 years and 24 days, 14 days younger than Bernhard Langer was when he won the 1980 Dunlop Masters.

 2010

HOW IT HAPPENED...

After winning his maiden title in Abu Dhabi in 2008 with a nervous four shot wire-to-wire victory, German Martin Kaymer needed every ounce of experience gained from adding three wins since to edge out Ian Poulter by a single stroke.

Overnight leader Kaymer, who also finished second last year, birdied the final hole at Abu Dhabi Golf Club to card a bogey free final round six under par 66.

Poulter produced a valiant effort to play his part in a thrilling duel as The Ryder Cup ace matched Kaymer’s final round, but it was not enough to erase the one shot overnight deficit as he untimely paid the price for a wayward final hole tee shot.

2011

HOW IT HAPPENED...

Martin Kaymer displaced Tiger Woods as the World Number two after winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship for the third time in four years by a thumping eight shot margin over Rory McIlroy.

With Woods overhauled, top man Lee Westwood needed to be on his guard with Kaymer seemingly on the march towards the World Number One spot.

The German needed only a top-seven finish to depose Woods, but won at a canter from a field which included the other three current Major champions, and also Westwood, who ended up 64th, out-scored by a massive 26 strokes.