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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 26 Martin Kaymer


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 26: Martin Kaymer

Born: Dec. 28, 1984, Dusseldorf, West Germany | Career PGA Tour Wins: 3 (11 on the European Tour) | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $886,378 (114th) | World Ranking: 38

Gary Williams' Take: Considering that Kaymer entered 2015 as the defending champion at the Players Championship and the U.S. Open, he had one of the oddest years imaginable. It started with a blown 10-shot lead in the final round in Abu Dhabi and ended with him not fulfilling his requisite number of starts on the PGA Tour and losing his membership for one season despite being a two-time major winner and Players champion. Kaymer assumed he’d advance in the FedExCup playoffs and fulfill his starts, but he didn’t even make it to the playoffs after not recording a single top 10 on the PGA Tour in 2015. Kaymer is quite comfortable in Europe, and he’ll be eligible for plenty of starts in the States with WGCs and majors, but he has seen some dips in his career, including in 2012, when he was close to not making the Ryder Cup team but wound up sinking the clinching putt. An immensely thoughtful young man, he will find the right perspective about his schedule in 2016, but his play in 2015 was simply substandard for a player of his stature.

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Major Championship Résumé

Starts: 32
Wins: 2
2015 Performance:
    Masters – Cut
    U.S. Open – Cut
    British Open – T12
    PGA Championship – T12
Best Career Finishes
    Masters – T31 (2014)
    U.S. Open - 1 (2014)
    British Open – T7 (2010)
    PGA Championship - 1 (2010)
Top-10 Finishes: 5
Top-25 Finishes: 9
Missed Cuts: 12

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