Clutch pars on 17, 18 help Kaymer secure Players Championship

Clutch pars on 17, 18 help Kaymer secure Players Championship
May 11, 2014, 8:45 pm
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Martin Kaymer survived a 90-minute weather delay and held on to win The Players on Sunday, making back-to-back clutch pars on 17 and 18 to edge Jim Furyk by one.

The 29-year-old German had a three-shot lead and a 20-footer for birdie when the horn sounded. When he returned to the course, he missed the birdie putt, then hooked his tee shot on 15 into the trees. After pulling his approach left of the bunker, he flubbed his third shot in the bunker, then failed to get up and down, leading to a double bogey. On the par-5 16th he played conservatively around the green for par, then barely stayed dry on the island 17th after his tee shot took a strange bounce and then sucked back onto the fringe. After a poor chip, he drained a 27-foot par putt to stay one ahead heading into the home hole. On 18, he pounded a drive down the middle, came up short with his approach from 174 yards and putted to 3 feet for the win.   

-- Ryan Lavner, GolfChannel.com