After year beyond his wildest dreams, Kaymer has one goal for 2011

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If Martin Kaymer gets his way, he won't need to use his putter on one hole in 2011.
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Published: Saturday, December 25, 2010 | 6:34 p.m.

New European Tour No. 1 Martin Kaymer has revealed what is next on his wish list.

For all that he has achieved already – his first major championship, his first Ryder Cup appearance, a win at St. Andrews in the Dunhill Links and finally the European Tour’s "Race to Dubai" title -- the 25-year-old wants something many club golfers already have.


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A hole-in-one.

"I've never made one in my life, so that would be nice in 2011," said Kaymer, who held off the challenge of U.S. Open champion and Ryder Cup teammate Graeme McDowell to become Europe’s leading money-winner this past season with $5. 8 million in official earnings.

Just three years after becoming the circuit's rookie of the year, Kaymer – who won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in August -- is prepared to bide his time in his pursuit of the world No. 1 title, even though he has had chances to get there already.

"I would like to prove that I'm Europe's No. 1 and take that challenge on again," he explained. "It would be nice to win a major again, preferably the British Open, our only major that we have in Europe.

"World No. 1 is one of my goals, but I had a lot of things to think about this year, especially after the PGA Championship,” he added. "So to be honest with you, the number one in the world is still too far away to realize for me.

"Obviously I try to play as good as possible every week and if it happens it happens. But if it doesn't happen I'm sure and I hope that I will have the chance in a few years again. I know that I can do it,” he said. "I always felt I had the potential to become one of the best players in the world, but no one would have thought that I could make it this quick.

"It's been a fantastic year, I think,” he summarized. “All of the goals that I set for myself for my career, everything happened this year."