SHANGHAI — Martin Kaymer was five shots behind and going nowhere Sunday, making nothing but pars when he needed much more to give himself a chance in the HSBC Champions.
From a deep bunker in front of the seventh green, he holed the sand shot for a birdie, and suddenly the game felt easy.
That was the start of an amazing finish for Kaymer, who ran off nine birdies over the last 12 holes to blow past Fredrik Jacobson and a host of stars on his way to 9-under-par 63 and a three-shot victory at Sheshan International.
“I didn’t miss a lot of golf shots,” Kaymer said.
Kaymer wound up setting two World Golf Championship records that showed just how well the “Germanator” played on a cool, overcast day in Shanghai. It was the largest comeback (five shots) in the final round, and his 63 was the lowest final round by a winner since this series began in 1999.
Kaymer, the PGA champion at Whistling Straits last year, became the 10th player to have won a major and a WGC event.
His standard of golf was so high that it nearly shifted attention away from caddie Steve Williams and the racial comment he made about Tiger Woods earlier in the week at a caddies award party.
That still lingered, however. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and European Tour chief executive George O’Grady issued a statement on behalf of the six major tours that there was “no place for any form of racism is ours or any other sport” and that Williams’ comment was “unacceptable in whatever context.”
Kaymer, who finished at 20-under 268 and earned $1.2 million, moved to second on the European Tour money list and to No. 4 in the world ranking. He still has golf left this year, although it sure gave him a
CHAMPIONS TOUR: In San Francisco, Jay Don Blake won the Charles Schwab Championship on Sunday for his second victory of the season following a 20-year drought, and Tom Lehman took the season points title and $1 million annuity.
Blake closed with an even-par 71 for a two-stroke victory in the Champions Tour’s season finale. He finished at 8-under 276 at TPC Harding Park.
Lehman shot 72 to tie for 18th, enough to hold off Calcavecchia by 74 points.
LPGA TOUR: In Shima, Japan, Japan’s Momoko Ueda won the Mizuno Classic for the second time in five seasons, beating China’s Shanshan Feng with a 15-foot birdie putt on the third hole of playoff.