Date: July 13, 2009
Author: PA Sport

Kaymer claims double

German Martin Kaymer won the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond to complete a brilliant eight-day double worth more than one million pounds. After beating Lee Westwood in a play-off for the French Open the 24-year-old came from behind on the final day again to defeat France&aposs Raphael Jacquelin and overnight leader Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain by two. Last week&aposs cheque was just over 565,000 pounds. This week&aposs was 500,000 pounds – and he now is not only second to Paul Casey on the European money list, but also just outside the world&aposs top 10 heading into the Open at Turnberry. Australian Adam Scott staged a final-day fightback to score a joint best-of-the-day 66 to take a share of fourth with Dane Soren Kjeldsen at 12-under. Geoff Ogilvy finished in a tie for 13th at seven-under after a closing one-over 72, while Rod Pampling was two strokes further back at five-under. Kaymer, who began his run of form in Paris last week with a course record 62, needed &aposonly&apos a two-under-par 69 after starting the day a stroke behind Fernandez-Castano. The gap doubled when he bogeyed the 455-yard second, but once he had birdied three of the next six holes he had top spot and never let go. “To win at the home of golf is always something very special,” he said. “I missed the cut the week after my first two wins, but this week was obviously different.” “Now everybody asks me about a third win in a row, but we are playing in a major and the field is going to be the best we have all year.” “The money is nice, but it&aposs not the most important thing. If you are out there playing for the money I think you have chosen the wrong job.” Fernandez-Castano&aposs hopes of a fifth Tour win – this was Kaymer&aposs fourth – nosedived when he did not manage a single birdie until the 13th. But running up a bogey six following a wild drive on the hole before that had given him a deficit he could not make up. Disappointing on the final day were both Lee Westwood and Retief Goosen. Westwood had oozed confidence after middle rounds of 66 and 64, but closed with a level-par 71 for eighth spot along with fellow Englishman Ross Fisher. Goosen had been joint second teeing off again, but dropped six shots in five holes around the turn and needed a strong finish for a 73 and a tie for eighth. Whether Fisher plays in the Open remains to be seen. He flew back to London to be with his wife Jo, who is expecting their first child on Tuesday, and said: “What will be will be.” “The Open is the most important tournament in a calendar year, but the birth of our first child is something I don&apost want to miss.” If there are no signs of an imminent delivery on Tuesday he will be at Turnberry, but is ready to pull out at any moment – even if he was six ahead with a round to play, he says. “The ideal would be to two-putt to win next Sunday, make a short winner&aposs speech and then fly home,” he said. Ian Poulter, runner-up at last year&aposs Open, was down in 32nd place after a disappointing 72, but that was still better than Colin Montgomerie and Rory McIlroy managed. They finished in a tie for 46th following 73s. Montgomerie, fortunate to make the halfway cut, said: “That was a poor round of golf again,” while McIlroy said he needs to work on his iron play before Thursday.” “I was just struggling a bit,” said the 20-year-old. “This week I really wanted to play well to give myself some momentum.” “Now I&aposll spend more time practising than I will on the course the next three days because I want to get it sorted out.”