Saturday April 14, 2012
World No. 7 Kaymer stays within striking distance of the title
WORLD No. 7 Martin Kaymer moved up the leaderboard to stay within striking distance of the title in the Maybank Malaysian Open after the half-way mark at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Kaymer, the highest ranked golfer in the field, already had six birdies against one bogey with three holes to play.
Kaymer, playing in the morning session, eventually signed off with a five-under 67 following an opening round of 70 for a two-day aggregate of seven-under 137.
Kaymer was delighted to position himself well for a chance to claim the Seagram Trophy over the weekend.
“I played really well and gave myself a lot of birdie chances. I had a good eagle chance on the third hole and felt like I hit a lot of good putts but maybe just over-read the greens.
“But I am seven-under for the tournament now, which is good and I feel good about the game. If I can make a few more putts, I feel I can really get into the tournament.
“I think you can play very aggressively around here. It is still fairly soft out there and when you have come from Augusta, it feels fairly easy. I hit the ball well today so I can and will be more aggressive over the weekend,” said Kaymer.
The German, who played the 50th edition here last year as the world number one, will be hoping to claim his first tournament victory for the year.
“I will be a few shots behind after today, so I will approach tomorrow a bit more aggressively. It is just a matter of time before I get a win. Sometimes patience is the most difficult thing in this game,” said Kaymer, who also had good words for the quality of the field.
This tournament is very good and you look at the scoring and see a lot of world class players in the field.
“There are a lot of world ranking points on offer, so it is a good event.
“The world rankings are very strong. You look at Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy. They are all playing great and everything is so close between the top 10 or 15. It is great and it gets very competitive each week.”