Kaymer up to fifth in world rankings

Martin Kaymer of Germany hoists the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 92nd PGA Golf Championship...

Martin Kaymer of Germany hoists the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 92nd PGA Golf Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin August 15, 2010. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

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KOHLER, Wis. - Martin Kaymer rose from 13th to a career-high fifth in the world rankings on Monday after winning the U.S. PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Despite partisan crowds roaring on American Bubba Watson, who has also climbed to 26th in the rankings, Kaymer showed nerves of steel in Sunday’s three-hole playoff to seal Germany’s first major win since Bernhard Langer’s 1993 U.S. Masters victory.

Kaymer now hopes to increase the appeal of the sport in his country which has been without a leading name in golf since twice Masters winner Langer.

“I’m trying to make golf more popular in Germany. Bernhard Langer, obviously he inspired me when I was a kid and I hope I can inspire teenagers as well,” the 25-year-old told reporters.


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