The Players Championship Martin Kaymer

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Martin Kaymer won the 2014 Players Championship, but he remains a relative unknown after fading from the World No. 1 ranking in 2011. We compiled 11 things you need to know about our man from Dusseldorf, Germany. No. 1. He still lists go-karting among his favorite hobbies despite breaking his foot in a go-karting accident in the fall of 2009.
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No. 2. He made fashion waves by wearing a black-and-white neck buff, designed to afford sun protection to fisherman, while finishing runner-up at the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play.
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No. 3. In an unforgettable moment, Kaymer made a winning putt for Europe to beat Steve Stricker at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah. His form was so off at the time that he played in just one other match that week, a fourball match in which Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar beat Kaymer and Justin Rose 3&2.
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After the putt dropped, chaos ensued.
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First, things got crazy.
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Then he jumped into teammate Sergio Garcia's arms. No. 4. He can jump fairly high.
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No. 5. He's got an odd practice routine. On the driving range, he puts a tennis ball attached to a lanyard around his neck to focus on keeping his arms connected during his backswing. In the past, he would have the ball without the lanyard, but grew tired of picking the ball up after every swing. "It's the smart way of being lazy," Kaymer says.
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No. 6. He became just second German to win a major (after Bernhard Langer) at 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
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No. 7. At the 2010 PGA Championship, Kaymer defeated Bubba Watson. Kaymer entered the final round four shots back of Nick Watney, but a wild Sunday saw seven players hold at least a share of the lead. Watney finished with a final-round 81 to open the doors for Kaymer, who shot a 70 and made a 15-footer for par to get into a playoff with Watson. Dustin Johnson would have joined the duo in a playoff, but he was given a two-shot penalty for grounding his club in a bunker that he thought was a waste area. He fell to fifth place. In the three-hole aggregate playoff, Kaymer bogeyed the 18th to win by one stroke.
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No. 8. He’s in elite company. Kaymer became the seventh player to go wire-to-wire in winning the Players, and he joins an illustrious list of golfers (Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott) who have won the PGA Tour’s flagship event, a major and a World Golf Championship event.
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No. 9. He became just the second German to ascend to the World No. 1 ranking with a runner-up finish at 2011 WGC-Accenture, though he lasted only eight weeks at the top. After undergoing swing changes, Kaymer was ranked 61st coming into 2014 Players Championship.
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No. 10. He once shot 59. In the second round of the Habsburg Classic (a stop on the EPD Tour), Kaymer shot 31-28 for a 59.
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No. 11. Even after that $1.8 million deposited into his back account for winning the 2014 Players, Kaymer prefers to sit on the floor at the airport.