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Martin Kaymer said a sore shoulder kept him from proper practice in the days leading up to the British Open.

Martin Kaymer reveals his shoulder was injured at British Open

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Martin Kaymer looked unbeatable earlier this year when he went wire-to-wire (with ties) to win The Players Championship, and then wire-to-wire (no ties) for an eight-shot victory in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

So it was mildly surprising when Kaymer played so poorly in the British Open. He offered more of an explanation than an excuse Tuesday. Kaymer said he was coping with a sore shoulder that kept him from proper practice in the days leading up to the Open.

''Just once in a while, you wake up and you have a little issue here and there,'' Kaymer said. ''The shoulder was quite surprising for me because I couldn't really hit one normal golf shot until Thursday morning at The Open. So the British Open, my practice rounds were very, very limited.''

Kaymer said it is no longer an issue.

Last week at Firestone, he didn't make a birdie in the opening round of a 77, then played reasonably well the rest of the week.

''But now, everything is fine,'' he said. ''It just came out of nowhere. Like everyone else, once in a while you wake up and you have something, and that happened to me, unfortunately, the week of The Open. But everything's fine. It's just something that you have to deal with when it comes up, but it's nothing major.''