Kaymer looks to keep grip on top spot by holding off Westwood at Doral

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Martin Kaymer has enjoyed his brief run as world No. 1 so far, but possibly could lose the spot back to the man from whom he took it, Lee Westwood.
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Published: Wednesday, March 09, 2011 | 12:47 p.m.

Martin Kaymer is already closing in on another target: Staying as world No. 1 for longer than Bernhard Langer.

The official rankings were introduced in 1986 and Langer held top spot for only the first three weeks. Now his fellow German is in the second week of his reign and will be trying to hold off the challenge of Lee Westwood, the player he dethroned, at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami this week.

Westwood, having fallen well short of the top-three finish he needed at the Honda Classic on Sunday, has to be in the top four this time to have a chance, but the better Kaymer plays the harder it becomes for his Ryder Cup teammate.

"It would be nice to be one day longer as No. 1 than Bernhard Langer," he said. "But if it happens it happens, and if not that's fine, too. I really don't care. I've been No. 1 and no one can ever take it away from me. That was my goal when I started playing golf.

"It is a nice thing, but it doesn't change my life. Yes I'm maybe a little more busy, that's for sure, and there's more work for my manager, but besides that nothing is changing,” he added. "A lot of people ask me 'so you must be the happiest person in the world now.' Yeah I'm happy and I'm satisfied, but there's still something missing.

"I don't know what it is, what I have to win, what I have to do more. Maybe I will find out in the next 12 months."

Langer was among the people who contacted Kaymer after he took over the top spot by reaching the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play nine days ago. And he had a surprise visitor -- his father Horst.

"My brother and a friend of mine flew into Scottsdale to spend a few days with me and then they told me on Tuesday we have to go to the airport again” to pick up Kaymer’s father, who made a surprise visit to his son, Kaymer explained. "My dad just wanted to congratulate me. He said 'next time (you are) in Germany who knows if you're still No. 1?' It was nice. It was a 30-hour trip for pretty much 24 hours he was there."

Kaymer lost his mother to cancer three years ago.

Having been beaten by Luke Donald in the WGC-Accenture Match Play final in Tucson, he has another opportunity to capture his first World Championship title this weekend -- and another major might be weeks away.

Not that he can boast about his record in the Masters at Augusta so far -- three starts, three missed cuts.

"My goal is to play on Saturday and Sunday this year. I've struggled a little bit with the draw the last few years and my coach and me are working on it,” he said. "Obviously that makes a big difference. If you fade the ball only, you make the golf course even more difficult.

"With the irons it's no problem. I just struggle with the woods a little bit. But I'll get there."