16 Things You Didn't Know About Martin Kaymer

Get to know the former World No.1 and two-time Major champion better

Things You Didn't Know About Martin Kaymer
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Get to know the former World No.1 and two-time Major champion better

16 Things You Didn't Know About Martin Kaymer

1. Born in Dusseldorf, Germany he now lives in Mettman, just east of the city

2. He turned professional in 2005

3. He began playing golf at the age of 10 with his brother and dad

4. He used to play football and do gymnastics growing up

5. He cites Ernie Els as his hero

6. He enjoys football, basketball and go karting

7. He was the European Tour Rookie of the Year in 2007 and went on to win the Race to Dubai in 2010.

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8. In April 2011, he became the second German man to become World No.1. He held the spot for eight weeks

9. He has won some of the biggest tournaments in the world including the US Open, USPGA Championship, Players Championship and WGC-HSBC Champions

10. He won as an amateur on the EPD Tour, now known as Pro Golf Tour, in Germany in 2005, before five more victories on that tour in 2006

11. He shot a 59 (-13) on the EPD Tour in 2006 with a bogey

12. He earned his 2007 European Tour card via the Challenge Tour despite only playing in eight events. He won two tournaments and finished 4th in the season-long Order of Merit

13. A common fader of the ball, it is said that he tried to change his swing whilst World No.1 to try and hit more draws

14. He has won over €20m on the European Tour

15. He cites his favourite golf course as St Andrews Old, where he won the 2010 Dunhill Links Championship

16. He made a hole-in-one at the 2020 Oman Open

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x