European Tour: Italian Open Power Rankings

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 18: Francesco Molinari of Italy walks off the 18th hole during the fourth round of the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano - Parco Reale di Monza on September 18, 2016 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 18: Francesco Molinari of Italy walks off the 18th hole during the fourth round of the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano - Parco Reale di Monza on September 18, 2016 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) /
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MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 17: Martin Kaymer of Germany watches his tee shot of the 7th hole during the second round of the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano – Parco Reale di Monza on September 17, 2016 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) /

Martin Kaymer’s results of late haven’t been anything to write home about, but this week has the potential for him to turn things around. The 32-year-old German returns to Golf Club Milano where he nearly won in 2015 and tied for 20th in 2016.

Kaymer led by as much as three on Sunday in 2015, only to sputter with three bogeys on the back nine to allow Rikard Karlberg to catch and beat him in a playoff on a birdie on the second hole.

“It was a disappointing finish to be honest. We made too many mistakes on the back nine. There were two or three tactical and clubbing mistakes. That happens sometimes but it shouldn’t have happened in that situation today because you need all the help you can get. We should have been more focused,” Kaymer said. “I played well all week but not on the back nine today and that has cost me the tournament today.”

Nonetheless, Kaymer is 8-for-8 finding red numbers at GCM with a six-under 65 in 2015 his low score.

Kaymer’s last start was a T36 last week at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. His four starts before that are: T37, T31, MC, T20. He’s in search of his first worldwide win since 2014 and first top three since 2015.

Kaymer hits the ball straight (66.71 percent fairways hit) and relatively long (294.04 yards driving), so he’ll navigate well this week if his game is sharp.