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Birthdate: 28 December 1984
Nationality: Germany
Turned Professional: 2005
Current Tour: European Tour

Professional career


2005-06: Early Success

Kaymer picked up his first professional win at the age of 19 as an amateur at the Central German Classic in 2005 on the third-tier EPD Tour. He shot a -19 (67-64-66=197) to win the tournament by a margin of five strokes.

Kaymer played full-time on the EPD Tour from February to August in 2006. He played in 14 tournaments and picked up five victories. He finished in the top 10 in all but one of the tournaments.[2] Kaymer won the Order of Merit on the EPD Tour in 2006 by earning €26,664.

Kaymer shot a round of 59 (-13) in the second round of the Habsberg Classic. This was his scorecard:

Due to his success on the EPD Tour, Kaymer moved up to the Challenge Tour. He played in eight events from August to October and won two of them. He won the Vodafone Challenge in Germany which was the first Challenge Tour tournament that he played in. A month later he won the Open des Volcans in France. Kaymer ended up finishing 4th on the Order of Merit list despite playing in only eight events. In all he earned €93,321. He finished in the top 5 in six tournaments and his worst finish was a 13th place finish. Due to Kaymer's success on the Challenge Tour, he earned a European Tour card for 2007.

2007: Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year


Kaymer made his debut on the European Tour in 2007 at the UBS Hong Kong Open but he failed to make the cut. He missed the cut in his first five events of the season. In March, Kaymer made his first cut of the season at the Singapore Masters. He finished in a tie for 20th place. He was cut the next week at the TCL Classic which was the last event on the 2007 European Tour schedule played outside of Europe. In his first seven events of the season he only made one cut. All of those events were played outside of Europe.

Kaymer found immediate success once he started playing in Europe again. He finished in a tie for 15th at the Madeira Island Open which was the first event played in Europe on the schedule. The following week he finished in a tie for 3rd at the Portuguese Open. He made seven consecutive cuts from 23 March to 1 June. During that streak his worst finish was a tie for 35th and he recorded five top 25 finishes.

From 7 June to 9 September, Kaymer played in nine tournaments but only made two cuts. In the two tournaments that he made the cut in, he did very well. Kaymer finished in a tie for 7th at the Open de France. Seven weeks later he finished in a tie for 2nd at the Scandinavian Masters.

Kaymer played in six of the last 8 events of the season. He made the cut in all six of those events. On 18 October 2007 at the Portugal Masters, Kaymer shot a first round of 61 (-11). This round tied the lowest round of the 2007 European Tour season. It is also the new course record at the Oceânico Victoria Clube de Golfe. He went on to finish in a tie for 7th. Two weeks later at the year ending Volvo Masters, he finished in 6th place. The Volvo Masters had one of the strongest fields on tour in 2007. He earned €140,000 for his 6th place finish which to date is Kaymer's largest payout from a tournament. He earned €754,691 on the season. Kaymer finished the season as the highest ranked rookie on the Order of Merit, in 41st position, and won the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award. He is the first German to win the award. Kaymer recorded five top 10s on the season. These performances took him into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time. In November 2007 he moved into the top 75, overtaking Bernhard Langer to become the highest ranked German golfer.

On 2 November, Kaymer signed with Sportyard. Sportyard is a Swedish sports management company.

Kaymer represented Germany at the 2007 OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup with four-time European Tour winner Alex Čejka.[10] They finished in a tie for 6th place.

2008


Kaymer started the year by winning his maiden European Tour event with a wire-to-wire victory at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. This achievement lifted him to 34th in the world rankings making him the only player in the top 50 under the age of 25.[11] It also secured him entry into the WGC Match Play and The Masters. Two weeks after winning the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, he finished second in the Dubai Desert Classic. He finished the tournament with birdie-birdie-eagle but world number one Tiger Woods topped him by one stroke. Kaymer moved up to a high of 21st in the world rankings due to his runner-up finish.

Kaymer won another event in the summer but narrowly missed selection for the 2008 Ryder Cup. However European captain Nick Faldo invited Kaymer to assist the European side in a non-playing capacity which Kaymer accepted. The season finished with Kaymer ranked eighth on the European Tour Order of Merit.

Professional wins (13)

European Tour (2)

. 2008 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, BMW International Open
. 2008 BMW International Open
. 2009 Open de France ALSTOM
. 2009 Barclays Scottish Open
. 2010 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Challenge Tour (2)

. 2006 Vodafone Challenge, Open des Volcans

EPD Tour (6)

. 2005 Central German Classic (as an amateur)
. 2006 Friedberg Classic, Habsberg Classic, Coburg Brose Open, Winterbrock Classic, Hockenberg Classic,

Achievements and awards

. 2007 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year

PGA Earnings to date: 2010 Earnings:$426,666
 
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