Martin Kaymer certainly hasn’t had the 2017 he hoped for, but this could be the week to salvage it.
Kaymer played well at Valderrama last year, carding an opening 69 and a Saturday 71 en route to a tie for sixth. He was only one off the lead going into Sunday. Based on his description of Valderrama in the intro, this seems like a course Kaymer embraces, if not also respects heavily. In his previous two starts at the Andalucía Masters in 2010 and 2011, the 32-year-old German placed inside the top 25 in both (T21, T23).
His recent form shows a T20 at the British Masters and a T36 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. His scores have been pretty steady and a really low round or two is keeping him from getting him into contention.
Kaymer has yet to register a top-three finish this year, but he’s made 16 of 20 cuts and has two top-fives against a relatively elite and lean schedule.
Kaymer took last week off, which could bode well. His top three finishes this year have come after at least a week of rest.
A lack of an elite short game could be concerning for Kaymer, but as one of the top iron players, I like his chances to build on an impressive resume at Valderrama.
At No. 47 in the Race to Dubai standings, Kaymer is a lock to make the Final Series, but he can leap at least a dozen places with a win this week.