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Grading the Players Championship

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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It looked like it was slipping away from Martin Kaymer. He double bogeyed No. 15, flubbed a putt from off the green on No. 16, and nearly spun his tee shot on No. 17 into the water before flubbing another chip.

So what did he do after that on his par putt with the 2014 Players Championship hanging in the balance?

Buried a 30-foot putt with about six feet of break on it that evoked memories of Tiger Woods in 2001.

How do you say "better than most" in German?

Google tells me it's like this: Besser als die meisten.

Kaymer was better than all this week at the Players Championship as he went wire-to-wire for the Players Championship win after a course record first-round 63.

His four scores: 63-69-72-71.

Those last two were gritty performances, too as Kaymer had the driver working but had to labor quite a bit around the greens.

He made par for the win as darkness settled in at the last hole to hold off Jim Furyk (who finished about an hour before him) by a single stroke and Sergio Garcia by two.

Kaymer's big struggles on Sunday came after the 90-minute rain delay towards the end of the final round.

"It's always very difficult to come back after a little break," Kaymer told NBC's Roger Maltbie. "You see where you are. You're really disappointed when they call it. And then you're a little cold."

Kaymer is just the fourth European to win the Players Championship, joining Sandy Lyle, Sergio Garcia, and Henrik Stenson.

He told Maltbie winning on Mother's Day was pretty great for him and his family as his mother, Rina, passed away of cance in 2008.

"It's very special for me I got a really nice text message this morning from my brother. It was a good day for all of us."

A good day and a great win for the big German.

Here are our grades for the Players Championship:

PlayerGradeAnalysis
AMartin Kaymer is officially back. He's been working on his swing for what feels like forever (actually three years) and this was the culmination. At 29 he'll be a bear to beat for years to come Finish: Win
AJustin Rose had a pretty weird weekend but closed birdie-birdie on Sunday. Was one of only four guys to post double digits under par. Finish: T4
ASergio Garcia needed Justin Rose's birdie-birdie finish to catch Jim Furyk. Instead went par-par. Good week for the Spaniard -- definitely a better finish than last year. Finish: 3
AJordan Spieth did not fall apart at Augusta. He kind of did at the Players Championship. After not making a single bogey through his first 58 holes, the youngster made five in his last 14. Finish: T4
BRory McIlroy played the back nine in 17 under for the week. Unfortunately the front nine didn't go as well (8 over). Still, he's just racking up top 10 finishes. Finish: T6
DRickie Fowler couldn't get past the third-round cut as he shot 78 on Saturday. Pretty disappointing week from somebody who looked so strong at Augusta. Finish: MDF
FPhil Mickelson with another missed cut. Lefty needed a birdie on No. 18 on Friday and he narrowly missed it. One of Mickelson's worst seasons ever continues. Finish: CUT

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