Grading the Players Championship
Martin Kaymer shined, Jordan Spieth did not, and Jim Furyk almost won this thing.
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:
Tommy Fleetwood is hot on his heels as the European Tour winds down
A tour rookie is leading a tour veteran by one at the halfway point in Georgia
Jonathan Thomson has had a quite a ride, and it had a happy ending on Thursday
He's still chasing, but Fleetwood is now in premium position in Dubai
A local has his eyes set on his first PGA Tour win since 2015
It felt like a Ryder Cup for one day in Dubai