Martin Kaymer's Inconsistencies Will Keep German from Becoming Next PGA Star

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Martin Kaymer's Inconsistencies Will Keep German from Becoming Next PGA Star
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Martin Kaymer has more than enough talent to be a PGA superstar.

But superstars aren't defined by talent alone.

Kaymer won the 2014 U.S. Open in dominating fashion. His closest competitor finished eight strokes behind him. But this isn't just his second major victory because of a lack of ability.

It's inconsistency.

In February 2011, Kaymer became the world's No. 1 player. This followed his victory in the 2010 PGA Championship, which followed top-eight finishes in three out of his previous four majors. When the PGA Tour named Kaymer the new No. 1, it proved that he had no lack of talent.

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Then Kaymer missed the cut at the 2011 Masters. Then in his next 12 majors, he missed four cuts, finished in the top 30 just twice and never finished in the top 10. He didn't just struggle in majors either.

Between the time Kaymer became the world No. 1 and this season, he won one PGA Tour event—two if you count the Ryder Cup. Given this track record, it's a bit premature to be asking if he's "golf's new king," like Golf.com did after Kaymer's U.S. Open victory.

He could be if he ever overcame his inconsistencies. But wins in The Players Championship and U.S. Open this season aren't enough evidence to prove that's what he's done. The Associated Press reported that Kaymer had this to say after winning on Sunday evening (h/t ESPN).

Some people, especially when I went through that low, called me a one-hit wonder and those things. So it's quite nice proof, even though I don't feel like I need to prove a lot to people. But somehow, it's quite satisfying to have two under your belt.

Kaymer was a one-hit wonder until this past weekend. And he's still inconsistent until he's a regular top-10 finisher. "Golf's new king" tied for 31st in this year's Masters and since the turn of the calendar year, he hasn't had a top-10 finish outside of his wins.

There's a reason why he's still ranked No. 11 in the Official World Golf Ranking. His flashes of brilliance haven't come at a frequent enough rate.

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In the 2011 U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy won his first major by eight strokes, and some witnesses began to hail him as the next Tiger Woods. This wasn't McIlroy's first top-10 appearance. He had finished in the top three in two of his previous three major tournaments.

But since the 2011 U.S. Open, McIlroy has one victory and two more top-10 finishes in majors. He didn't live up to the expectations, whether they were fair or not.

Kaymer won't live up to expectations either if those expectations are to be a PGA star. Of course, this already seems to be the expectation, so prepare to be disappointed, again.

 

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.

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