Martin “snood, scarf, keffiyah” Kaymer moves to the top of the golf world
Call it a scarf, snood, or a keffiyah. Quite honestly, it doesn’t really matter at this point. While debates continue to rage about the name of Kaymer’s neck wear, the one thing that people aren’t debating is his place at the top of golf’s food chain. After taking down Bubba Watson on Saturday afternoon, Kaymer became the second youngest player next to Tiger Woods to become the top player in the Official World Golf Rankings.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise after the way he played for the better half of a year, lapping the field in Abu Dhabi for his third desert title in the last four years, and winning the PGA Championship in dramatic fashion, it only seemed like it was a matter of time before he took his rightful place at the top.
The question now is how long will Kaymer stay there. It took less than six months for Lee Westwood to fall from the to spot, so we shouldn’t expect Kaymer to stay at the top for a decade like Tiger Woods. But the way he’s been playing, taking down stacked fields with relative ease, makes you wonder if we’re witnessing the changing of the guard at the top.
We’ve been talking about golf’s youth movement for the last couple of years, but Kaymer made it official on Saturday. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will continue to be in the mix for the next couple of years — they’re too good to just disappear — but if we were looking for a week that gave us a peek into what the future of the game will be like, this was that week.
You had 17-year-old Matteo Manassero upsetting Steve Stricker in the opening round, as well as Ryo Ishikawa, Rory McIlroy, and Rickie Fowler all making appearances at the Accenture Match Play. The game is officially moving to a new group of players, and Kaymer is leading the pack.
With a rock-solid swing and a calm demeanor, there’s no question he’ll be around for years to come. Assuming he continues to work hard and play at a high level, we could be looking at golf’s next superstar. Kaymer seems to shy away from the spotlight, but with the way he’s been playing recently, he may not have a choice but to embrace the moment and enjoy it.