Kaymer cruises to KLM Open win in first start since PGA Championship

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Martin Kaymer's second straight victory takes him more than $600,000 ahead of Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell -- Europe's other current major champion -- at the top of the European Tour money list.
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Published: Sunday, September 12, 2010 | 1:33 p.m.

Germany's Martin Kaymer claimed an impressive four-shot win in the KLM Open on Sunday -- the fifth victory in a row by a member of Europe's Ryder Cup eam.

"I think I am ready to win again," the world No. 6 had said on the eve of his return to action after three weeks off celebrating his first major title at the PGA Championship.

Kaymer's second successive victory takes him more than $600,000 clear of Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell -- Europe's other current major champion -- at the top of the European Tour money list.

The 25-year-old, who from one in front starting the final round shot a near-flawless 66 for a 14-under-par aggregate of 266, joins another Ryder cup teammate, Miguel Angel Jimenez, as a three-time winner this season.

"I felt very strong and I was very patient," said Kaymer after pushing Sweden’s Christian Nilsson and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti into a distant second place. "The majors are the biggest tournaments we play all year and if you win one of those it gives you probably the biggest confidence you can get.

“It was my goal to play well here, but I was not expecting to win again,” he explained. “It's a nice feeling."

Kaymer's triumph at Whistling Straits last month started the amazing run of success by Colin Montgomerie's men.

Peter Hanson won a week later at the Czech Open, then Edoardo Molinari in the Johnnie Walker Championship and Jimenez last week at the Omega European Masters.

Kaymer, who says his top choices as partners for Celtic Manor would be Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, now heads back to his Arizona base to prepare for his Ryder Cup debut.

His only mistake on the final day was a bogey at the short 10th, but he had gone to the turn in 33 to be three clear and a birdie two holes later widened the gap again.

Nilsson did chip in on the 210-yard 15th, but followed it with a bogey and Kaymer knew the trophy was his after making a 10-foot putt on the same hole.

He added another birdie on the par-5 last for good measure, while Zanotti and Nilsson, producing performances that will ensure they keep their full European Tour cards for next season, also two-putted there for 4s that lifted them clear of Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, England's David Horsey and Spaniards Jose Manuel Lara and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Francesco Molinari and Ross Fisher were the other two Ryder Cup players in the field, and they finished eighth and 11th, respectively.