Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood Have European Golf On Top of the World

Ron FurlongAnalyst IIOctober 15, 2010

NEWPORT, WALES - OCTOBER 04:  (L-R) European Team members Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer pose with the Ryder Cup following Europe's 14.5 to 13.5 victory over the USA at the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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It has been a good year for European golf, no getting around that fact. Here is a list of things that have made 2010 a special year for European golf:

* Two Europeans won majors; Graeme McDowell the U.S. Open and Martin Kaymer the PGA Championship.

* Europeans have enjoyed great success on the PGA Tour, with several key wins throughout the year.

* Lee Westwood is about to become the No. 1 ranked player in the world, set to unseat Tiger Woods after Tiger has spent that last 279 weeks in the cat seat, and 621 weeks in his career.

* Europe may also may have the best golfer in the world right now, and it isn't even Westwood. Kaymer, only 25, has arguably had the best year of any golfer anywhere on the planet.

* The Euros won back the Ryder cup earlier this month in Wales.

All reasons for Europe to celebrate their renewed dominance of the sport they invented so many years ago in the green fields of Scotland.

This giddiness about their golf game has led Euro's winning Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie to come out and state, "It's a changing of the guard back over to Europe."

Montgomerie even predicted Martin Kaymer may himself be No. 1 before too long.

"If he (Kaymer) continues his way, he'll probably beat Lee Westwood to it (No. 1) if he keeps winning," Monty said.

Kaymer won last weekend at Dunhill Links Championship for his third consecutive European Tour victory. He is the first player in 21 years on the Euro Tour to win three times in a row. Nick Faldo was the last to pull off the feat, back in 1989.

The German, who will not turn 26 until December, has won four times this year and moved up to No. 4 in the world rankings.

Kaymer is currently deciding if he is going to join the PGA Tour next year. If he did it would be a big blow to the European Tour. If they do lose Kaymer for 2011 they are getting a nice replacement. Lee Westwood has announced he will not be joining the PGA Tour in 2011, after playing in the states in 2010.

Some other top players from Europe currently playing in the U.S. include Ian Poulter, Paul Casey and Justin Rose.

If the European Tour could somehow get these players back playing in Europe, they may very well own 2011 as well.

Kaymer, however, is the key. Europe cannot afford to lose golf's best young player right now.