Martin Kaymer, Germany

In a professional career that spans back to 2005, Martin Kaymer has managed to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the golfing world. Continuing to perform well on both the European and PGA Tours.

Born in Dusseldorf, Germany in December 1984 Kaymer enjoyed golf from an early age. Since turning professional a decade ago, the TaylorMade player has triumphed in numerous tournaments and was the winner of the 2010 Race to Dubai.

In 2011 Kaymer announced his plans to keep contender Rory McIlroy off the top of the European Tour money list, despite the fact he was unable to take the crown himself. The talented player revealed he wanted to usurp the Northern Irishman to finish in second place and hand his 2010 trophy to the new victor.

Although he was unable to do so, Kaymer’s thrilling victory at November’s WGC-HSBC Champions earned him the title of the Race to Dubai European Tour golfer of the month in December of that year.

During the competition, the 26-year-old started the final day five shots behind leader Fredrik Jacobson before producing a stunning back nine score of 29 to cut through the field and take the crown by an impressive three shots.

“It started off a little slow, but then I holed a bunker shot on seven for birdie and since then, I didn’t miss a lot of golf shots,” Kaymer said afterwards. “I didn’t miss a lot of putts. I missed a very, very short putt on nine from two-and-a-half, three feet.”

Iain Carter, BBC Radio Five Live's golf correspondent, said the manner in which the triumph was achieved made it stand out from a series of excellent performances from the likes of Luke Donald and McIlroy.

Entering the 2011 season, Kaymer turned down a chance to become a full PGA Tour member; he had become eligible with his win at the 2010 PGA Championship. He stated he would concentrate on the European Tour for 2011, but would play several U.S. events as well.

In January 2011, Kaymer claimed his third Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship title in four years and displaced Tiger Woods as number two in the world rankings.

But perhaps the German’s most notable victory came after his runner-up finish against England’s Lee Westwood at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February 2011.

The win helped propel the then 26-year-old to the top of the official world golf rankings. A position he held until April of that year, Kaymer was only the second-ever German, after Bernhard Langer to be the top-ranked golfer in the world.

After rising to the top spot in the world rankings Kaymer struggled to maintain the early success of his career. A decision to change his swing technique wreaked havoc on his game over the next few seasons.

By 2014, Kaymer was playing full-time on the PGA Tour and his game had started to once again heat-up. In May of that year the German secured a wire-to-wire win The Players Championship. His good fortune continued when he won the U.S. Open Championship, becoming the first non-British European player to ever win the event.

Career Wins

2008 - Abu Dhabi Golf International
2008 - BMW International
2009 - Open de France ALSTOM
2009 - Barclays Scottish Open
2010 - Abu Dhabi Golf Championship
2010 - KLM Open
2010 - Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
2011 - Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
2011 - WGC-HSBC Champions
2014 - U.S. Open