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When play resumed following a weather delay at the Players, Martin Kaymer looked like a pale (and rather damp) shade of the golfer who went into the interruption with a three-stroke lead. He certainly didn't head to the 15th hole of the tournament looking anything like the golfer who carded a brilliant opening-round 63 and hung tough over the next two rounds.
Kaymer made a series of mental mistakes on the hole and carded a double-bogey six, which opened the door for a number of challengers. Failing to take advantage of the par-five 16th, Kaymer was then the victim of bad luck at the 17th when his tee shot spun aggressively off a downslope and nearly ended up in the water.
The German chunked his pitch from that point and found himself standing over a bending 30-foot putt to save par and head to the final hole with a one-stroke lead. Certainly, he seemed to be writing the story of his meltdown at that point, and we expected him to miss, then maybe bungle the 18th to lose by a stroke.
Instead, Kaymer poured in the putt and headed to the 18th leading by one. Against all reason, he pulled out his driver—instead of a more conservative club—and pounded his tee shot down the middle of the fairway en route to a one-stroke win.
Was the final round, particularly the back nine, brilliant and coldly surgical? No. And at points, it was quite the opposite. In short: Kaymer was a model of "German effectiveness" rather than "German efficiency."