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Monday Movers: Martin Kaymer Reigns Supreme in Europe

Filed under: PGA, Golf Odds and Ends, European TourEach week, Monday Movers will look back on the previous week in the golf world to see whose stock is rising and who will likely be heading back to the range.

On the Rise

Martin Kaymer -- Kaymer became the youngest player since Ronan Rafferty in 1989 to be crowned Europe's No. 1 golfer. The 25-year-old's only competition in the Race to Dubai was Graeme McDowell, who finished in a tie for 13th -- the same as Kaymer. With the title comes a bonus of €1,092,418 from the €7.5 million bonus pool and moves the German's yearly earnings to €4,461,010, which tops Lee Westwood's record set a year ago by more than €200,000. It's been an incredibly quick rise to the top for Kaymer, who's in just his fourth full season on tour.

Robert Karlsson -- The Swede began the final round of the Dubai Championships by shooting 4 under par through his first three holes to overtake overnight leader, Ian Poulter. The win wouldn't come easy for Karlsson as it took a birdie on the 620-yard 18th to force a playoff. He carried that momentum and pin-point accuracy over into sudden death to card birdie-birdie and walk away with the €910,348 first prize. This is the third year (2006 and 2008) that Karlsson has recorded multiple wins on the European Tour.

President's Cup -- President Cup Team Captains Fred Couples and Greg Norman named their assistants for the 2011 competition on Sunday. During Captains' Day at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, Couples, the U.S. Team Captain, announced that he would bring back Jay Haas and Michael Jordan, while Norman, the International Team Captain, did the same with Frank Nobilo. The second International assistant will be decided at a later time, and it marks the first time that each team will have two assistants. Haas, Jordan, and Nobilo were in their same roles at the 2009 President's Cup in which the U.S. won 19.5-14.5.

PGA Tour 2011 Field -- The last few weeks have brought disappointing news with regards to European players participating on the PGA Tour in 2011. Both world No. 1 Lee Westwood and No. 10 Rory McIlroy have stated they will not play in the U.S. next year. The Tour received good news last week from two South African players -- British Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Oosthuizen earned his spot on Tour with the win at St. Andrews, while Schwartzel made enough money as a non-member in 2010 thanks to his second place finish at the WGC-CA worth $850,000. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments 1426 days


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