• "They're too easy," said the two-time major champion
• Believes his short game is holding him back from winning
MARTIN KAYMER | EUROPEAN TOUR
Martin Kaymer believes courses on the PGA and European Tours are set-up ‘too easy’ – while admitting that short game issues have prevented him winning in recent months.
The 31-year-old has enjoyed a very consistent season, posting eight top tens on the European Tour, but hasn’t broken through for a win since his second major triumph at the 2014 US Open two-and-a-half years ago.
"I would love to have more difficult golf courses" - Martin Kaymer
And, ahead of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, Kaymer – who disappointed in Team Europe’s 17-11 defeat at the Ryder Cup – believes having courses set-up tougher would help him add to his haul of 11 European Tour wins.
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“For me as a player, I would love to have more difficult golf courses but these days they are too easy for the guys on the PGA and European Tour,” he said.
“It's been quite a while that I won on the European Tour. But I know what the reasons are, and that's why I’ve decided to go back to America in the winter to practice properly on the short game, because that’s mainly why I’ve missed out.
"You need to putt like a crazy person" - Martin Kaymer
“I’ve had a lot of top tens, but to get over the line to win, or at least give it a chance on Sunday, the short game needs to be sharper. That's why I will focus more on that.
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“It's improving but it's not as good as the other guys. These days, my ball-striking is great. But on the courses that we’ve played recently, you need to putt like a crazy person; 25, 26 putts, in order to win. I have an average of 29 or 30.”
Despite a host of top tens this season, Kaymer has spent the majority of 2016 outside the world top 50. He went as low as No.64 in May, which was his lowest world ranking since January 2008.
UPDATE: In the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, Kaymer shot a nine-over-par 81 to sit last by two strokes.
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