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Charl Schwartzel wins Alfred Dunhill Championship 2012 by 12 strokes

Schwartzel wraps up 2012 with emphatic 12-stroke win at Dunhill Championship

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17:33 GMT, 16 December 2012

South African Charl Schwartzel completed his fantastic finish to 2012 with an astonishing 12-stroke victory on home soil at the Alfred Dunhill Championship today.

The third biggest winning margin in European Tour history was achieved at Leopard Creek a week after last year's US Masters champion won in Thailand by 11 shots.

Only Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, who won the 2000 US Open and 2005 Asian Open by 15 and 13 respectively, have left the best of the rest trailing so far behind in the circuit's 40-year history.

Emphatic: Charl Schwartzel lifted the Alfred Dunhill Championship after surging to a 12-stroke lead

Emphatic: Charl Schwartzel lifted the Alfred Dunhill Championship after surging to a 12-stroke lead

Schwartzel, 10 clear with a round to play, added a three-under-par 69 either side of a two-hour thunderstorm delay to take his eighth Tour title – five of them in South Africa – with a 24-under-par total.

In the Thailand Championship he was 25 under, and for the past five weeks – they started with finishes of fifth, third and second – he is a staggering 84 under.

France's Gregory Bourdy, his closest challenger for virtually the entire weekend, took a double-bogey seven on the final hole and that elevated Swede Kristoffer Broberg, four times a winner on the Challenge Tour last season, into second place.

Bourdy shared third with Scotland's Scott Jamieson, who last Sunday captured the Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban, defending champion Garth Mulroy and England's Andy Sullivan a month after he came through the Tour qualifying school.

Schwartzel also continued a remarkable record at the course on the border of the Kruger National Park. He won his first Tour title there in 2004 and has had four runner-up finishes.

'It's always been a special place for me,' the 28-year-old said. 'This is where I can almost say my career started and it's always stayed close to my heart.

'It's nice to have continued my form from last week. I was saying a month and a half ago it's been a pretty disappointing year.

Class act: Schwartzel ended the year on a high

Class act: Schwartzel ended the year on a high

'Slowly and surely I started to swing the club a lot better, back to how I did when I won The Masters, and I actually got excited to play again.

'It started at the SA Open and from there got better and better. It's been a pretty good year now!'

Schwartzel's lead was down to seven when he three-putted the eighth, but he spun his approach to three feet on the next and after the weather hold-up he collected more birdies on the 12th, 13th and par-five last.

Fellow countryman George Coetzee's best-of-the-day 65 lifted him into joint 10th place and came after results elsewhere had guaranteed he stayed in the world's top 50 and earned himself a Masters debut next April.

Also qualifying by the same route for a first trip to Augusta are Welshman Jamie Donaldson, Belgian Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts, South African Branden Grace and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen.

Geoff Ogilvy would have denied Olesen if he had had one less shot at the Australian PGA Championship, where he finished in a tie for fourth place.

Way off: Gregory Bourdy was the South African's closest competitor for almost the entire weekend

Way off: Gregory Bourdy was the South African's closest competitor for almost the entire weekend

Others to book their Masters places through the end-of-year top 50 are Scot Paul Lawrie, Italians Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero, Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Denmark's Thomas Bjorn, American Bill Haas, Australian Jason Day and Japanese player Hiroyuki Fujita.

Coetzee told the Sunshine Tour website: “My dream has never been just to play in The Masters.

That's not the job description – I want to play in those majors and I want to win all of them.

'It's great to have the opportunity. Last week I could feel that The Masters was making me play a bit rubbish because it puts a bit of pressure on you.

'After three days of scrapping around this week I got things together. It's Augusta – it's the one major with a limited field, it's the best in the world.

'I watched it as a kid and I was mad at Phil Mickelson for beating Ernie (Els) that year (2004) when he holed that putt and jumped around like a madman.

'It's got so much history and I'm sure it's going to be an unbelievable experience. As they say in poker – if you have a chip and a chair you never know.'

Getting an eye in: John Parry

Getting an eye in: Scott Jamieson

Brits on tour: Scott Jamieson (right) and John Parry (left)

Schwartzel on course for successive victories after opening up 10-shot lead

Schwartzel on course for successive victories after opening up 10-shot lead

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15:48 GMT, 15 December 2012

Out in front: Charl Schwartzel

Out in front: Charl Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel, an 11-shot winner in Thailand last weekend, takes a 10-stroke lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in his native South Africa tomorrow.

But if the week is belonging to the 28-year-old from Johannesburg then the 192-yard 12th at Leopard Creek is compatriot Keith Horne's property – incredibly, he holed-in-one for the second day running.

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Sealed with a kiss: Keith Horne of is presented with a BMW after his second hole-in-one

'I just want to keep playing with no expectations. Tee it up, hit the ball down the fairway, hit it on the green, make the putt and see where it leads me.

'In the back of your mind you know what you want to achieve. We all want to win golf tournaments, but I can't be thinking about wanting to win because that's not how I'm actually going to win.

'I have to just stay right where I am and plod along. If I play the best I'll win – that's the way I see it.'

Charl Schwartzel fires moves into joint lead of Alfred Dunhill

Schwartzel fires brilliant 64 to move into joint lead of Alfred Dunhill

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17:35 GMT, 14 December 2012

South African Charl Schwartzel could claim to be the consistent player in golf right now.

The 28-year-old shares the halfway lead with France's Gregory Bourdy after a sparkling second round 64 in the Alfred Dunhill Championship on home soil at Leopard Creek.

After finishes of fifth, third and second in the past month Schwartzel won the Thailand Championship by 11 shots last Sunday against a field that included Bubba Watson, his successor as Masters champion this April, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia.

Charl Schwartzel

Scott Jamieson

Looking good: Charl Schwartzel (left) is in the joint lead, while Scott Jamieson (right) is also in the hunt

He was 25 under par there and is now already 13 under on a course where his record includes one win and four second places.

'It was there for the taking and luckily enough I took advantage early on,' Schwartzel said after grabbing an eagle and six birdies and keeping a bogey off his card for the second day running.

'I could have made a few more, but we can't get too greedy. All in all a very good round and I've put myself in a very good position.'

Schwartzel is 73 under for his last 4 1/2 tournaments and even after adding a 65 to his pacesetting opening 66 Bourdy did not under-estimate the size of the task facing him over the weekend.

'Charl is a great player, one of the best in the world,' the 30-year-old world No 184 said. 'You have to do the job over four rounds and that is difficult. But I'm feeling great and I've played two good rounds.'

In the swing: Robert Rock plays out of a bunker on the 13th hole

In the swing: Robert Rock plays out of a bunker on the 13th hole

After being overtaken when Schwartzel played his first 11 holes in seven under, making his eagle at the 541-yard 18th, three-time European Tour winner Bourdy pitched in for an eagle two on the sixth and converted curling 25-foot birdie putts at the fifth and eighth.

Darren Fichardt's 68 left him in third place four strokes adrift of the leading pair, with fellow South African Louis De Jager and England's Steve Webster one further back.

Webster lost a play-off for the rain-shortened Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban last weekend and the player who beat him there, Scotland's Scott Jamieson, is also going well again at six under.

Louis Oosthuizen climbed from one over to five under, but the 2010 Open champion went in the lake at the last for a bogey six and 67.

One of the sub-plots of the week is George Coetzee's bid to stay in the world's top 50 and so earn a US Masters debut next April.

Coetzee will resume three under, but Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal, one of the players who could have denied him, crashed out on 10 over after an 80.

Branden Grace wins Dunhill Links at St Andrews

Glory for Grace as in-form South African claims Dunhill title with course record

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17:50 GMT, 7 October 2012

South Africa's Branden Grace won for the fifth time this year, capturing the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews by two shots from Dane Thorbjorn Olesen.

He began the week with a European Tour record-equalling 60 at Kingsbarns – the 3million pro-celebrity event is staged over three courses – and was never overtaken after that, finishing with a tournament record-equalling 22-under-par total and a first prize of 491,000.

Pure delight: Branden Grace maintained his good form by securing the Dunhill Links title at St Andrews

Pure delight: Branden Grace maintained his good form by securing the Dunhill Links title at St Andrews

Grace, who has risen from outside the world's top 300 to inside the top 40, said: 'It feels awesome.'

But if starting the final round with a four-stroke lead and ending it two ahead of Olesen sounds a comfortable day's work, then think again.

Bridge the gap: South African Grace

Bridge the gap: South African Grace

After the Pretoria golfer dropped a shot on the seventh, Olesen birdied the next two and when Grace three-putted the short 11th for another bogey they were level.

It was then, however, that he showed the class that had already brought him the Joburg Open, Volvo Champions, China Open and, on his home circuit last Sunday, the Origins of Golf titles in 2012.

Grace birdied the following three holes from 10, 12 and 14 feet and when Olesen bogeyed the next, the gap was back to four. Even then it was not a cruise to the line.

Olesen birdied the 16th and he bogeyed the Road Hole 17th, but when Olesen came up a fraction short with his eagle attempt through the Valley of Sin on the last, Grace had two putts for victory from four feet – and needed only one of them.

It made him the first wire-to-wire winner of the Tour season, but was the second time he has won back-to-back.

Like Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, Grace is a product of the Ernie Els Foundation and the current Open champion has already tipped him to be another major champion.

Winning at the Home of Golf, as Oosthuizen did in the 2010 Open, will do for the time being, though.

'I've really dreamt of this moment my whole life,' he said. 'I had goosebumps thinking this morning about Louis and the possibility of holding a trophy here myself.

'It was a tough day, but the putter started working and that's all I needed to do.'

Clearing the way: Grace hit the front early on in the tournament and never looked back

Clearing the way: Grace hit the front early on in the tournament and never looked back

Grace's caddie Zack Rasego was on Oosthuizen's bag two years ago and, after asking him to start reading the lines with him on the back nine, he took control again.

Using a new driver after his usual one cracked last week, Grace shot a closing 70, while Olesen's 68 left him two ahead of Swede Alex Noren.

Scot Stephen Gallacher, whose only Tour victory in nearly 400 starts came in the event eight years ago, finished in a seven-way tie for fifth after running up a quadruple-bogey eight at the 16th.

The 37-year-old, lying fourth on his own at the time, went to what he thought was his drive and hit it, only to discover it was actually the ball of Danny Willett's amateur partner Steve Halsall.

Almost great Dane: Thorbjorn Olesen came home in second after a spirited fightback

Almost great Dane: Thorbjorn Olesen came home in second after a spirited fightback

It cost Gallacher a two-stroke penalty and his was then found in the left-hand rough.

'It never even crossed my mind because he was looking 50 yards further up. Obviously I'm a bit disappointed, but what can you do'

He also incurred a penalty in Thursday's opening round when, in taking a practice swing, he clipped a divot and it hit his ball.

Dunhill Links Championship: Brenden Grace praised by Ernie Els after taking four shot lead

Els tips Grace to win The Open as South African takes four shot lead into final round of Dunhill Links

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17:08 GMT, 6 October 2012

Ernie Els has lavished praise on fellow South African Branden Grace ahead of the final round of the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.

Grace will take a four-stroke advantage over Dane Thorbjorn Olesen into the closing 18 holes after a three-under-par 69 at Carnoustie – much the toughest of the three courses used for the celebrity pro-am – lifted him to 20 under.

'He's good enough to win an Open – he's that good,' Els, the current Claret Jug holder, said as the 24-year-old continued to dominate an event he has led since his opening 60 at Kingsbarns on Thursday.

Out in front: Branden Grace will take a four shot lead into the final round

Out in front: Branden Grace will take a four shot lead into the final round

Even with a 65 at St Andrews Els is 12 shots adrift, but seeing another product of his Foundation blossom so spectacularly this season fills him with pride.

Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have already won majors, and since coming through his fifth visit to the European Tour qualifying school last December, Grace has won four times and leapt inside the world's top 50 from outside the top 300.

'I remember winning the (2007) South African Open and he was top amateur,' said Els, who lost to him in a play-off for the Volvo Champions title in January.

'He's always been a quality player and he's a world contender now.'

In good form: Grace has been praised by Ernie Els

In good form: Grace has been praised by Ernie Els

He finds it no surprise that the Pretoria golfer is excelling this particular week.

'His game is so suited for links golf – he hits those low bullet drives and he can really putt,' Els said.

Grace did not have everything go his way in the third round. After a hat-trick of birdies he double-bogeyed the 472-yard 15th, but as he picked up another shot on the last Olesen double-bogeyed the 17th at Kingsbarns.

Swedes Fredrik Andersson and Alex Noren are in third spot, while Scot Stephen Gallacher, whose only Tour victory in nearly 400 starts came in this event eight years ago, produced a spectacular finish to be in the group on 14 under.

Praising his countryman: Els says Grace is good enough to win The Open

Praising his countryman: Els says Grace is good enough to win The Open

Gallacher sank a 'totally blind' 200-yard five-iron for an eagle two at Kingsbarns' 17th and then birdied the last for a 65.

Two of the three returning Ryder Cup players made the cut, but it will disappoint locals that the one to miss out was Paul Lawrie.

A 68 for three under at St Andrews was never likely to be enough for him – “I putted like an idiot,' he said afterwards – but Martin Kaymer's 69 took him to six under and Peter Hanson matched that round to squeeze through on five under.

Although Jose Maria Olazabal's four assistants – Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez – all failed to make it, lone American Dustin Johnson, winner of all his three games in the Chicago defeat, is alongside Kaymer thanks to a 67.

Grace said: 'I didn't play particularly well. There were loose shots here and there, but this course mentally does it to you.

'I kept fighting, got it around and finishing with a birdie is a bonus.

'Everybody calls it 'Car-nasty' (a name given during the 1999 Open when the rough was some of the worst ever and a 19-year-old Sergio Garcia finished last on 30 over) and it showed you still have to hit good shots.

'I've dreamt of picking any trophy up on that bridge on the 18th (at St Andrews), so maybe this time tomorrow it happens.'

Branden Grace extends lead at Dunhill Links Championship

In-form Grace misses out on record but extends lead at Dunhill Links

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17:58 GMT, 5 October 2012

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UPDATED:

17:58 GMT, 5 October 2012

Branden Grace holds the biggest
halfway lead of the European Tour season after a second-round 67 in the
Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.

Having begun the 3million
pro-celebrity event with an incredible Tour record-equalling 60 at
Kingsbarns, the 24-year-old South African marched five strokes clear by
reaching 17 under par at halfway.

Centre of attention: Branden Grace of South Africa

Centre of attention: Branden Grace of South Africa

When he putted for eagle on the 357-yard last Grace had a chance to match the circuit's lowest-ever 36-hole total in relation to par, but he happily settled for a two-putt birdie and so the mark set by compatriot Ernie Els at the 2004 Heineken Classic in Australia still stands.

'I just don't really knows what's going on,' said the Pretoria golfer, who was outside the world's top 300 less than a year ago, came through the Tour qualifying school and now has a chance of an incredible fifth victory of the season.

The fourth came last Sunday in his home country's winter series and was slightly overshadowed, of course, by Europe's miraculous Ryder Cup comeback.

'A win is a win,' he added. 'It gives you confidence and puts a fire in you. I'm still just running with it.'

Dane Thorbjorn Olesen and Swede Joel Sjoholm are in joint second place and you have to look a long way way down the leaderboard to find many of the big names.

Holding on: Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer

Holding on: Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer

German Martin Kaymer, the man who sank the all-important putt for Jose Maria Olazabal's side in Chicago, is doing best of the three returning heroes, but he is down in 56th place on three under – 14 strokes adrift.

Swede Peter Hanson is one further back, but Paul Lawrie is joint 129th on one over – and only the top 60 and ties survive the cut after tomorrow's third round.

The one thing in their favour is that they still have St Andrews to play whereas Grace has Carnoustie to come and that is by far the stiffest test of the three.

Also in a fight to stay around for Sunday's closing 18 holes at St Andrews are Open champion Ernie Els on one under, twice winner Padraig Harrington on level par and last year's Open winner Darren Clarke, who is alongside Lawrie.

The Scot is playing with his 17-year-old son Craig and did not mind admitting that the scratch-handicapper outscored him in the second round, albeit off forward tees.

'He played lovely and was four under on his own ball – I'm very proud of him,' said the 1999 Open champion, who had to be content with a two under 70 himself.

Here boy: Paul Casey tries to get the dog to drop his ball on the green

Here boy: Paul Casey tries to get the dog to drop his ball on the green

Paul Casey is another on three under, but the former world number three will remember the day for two unusual incidents – a dog running off with his ball and swimming star Michael Phelps holing a 50-yard putt.

Casey was on the green in two at Kingsbarns' long 12th – his third – when the dog took the ball 'off up the hill toward the 13th tee'.

He added: 'I had that moment of panic where I thought I'd have to play it where Digby – he had his name on his collar – left it, but we placed it back as close as we could to where we thought it originally was.'

Grace had no such dramas, but was glad the format allowed him to switch courses following his 60.

'It would have been a hard situation if I had to play Kingsbarns again after shooting lights out. Getting to St Andrews I didn't know what to expect.

'I struggling a bit in the beginning, but then my putter started getting hot again.'

He had four successive birdies around the turn.

Sjoholm matched the round, while over at Carnoustie Olesen had six birdies and three bogeys for a 69.

Leading British player is Graeme Storm, round in 66 at the Home of Golf to reach 10 under and joint fifth place.

German Martin Kaymer, the man who sank the all-important putt for Jose Maria Olazabal's side in Chicago, is doing best of the three returning heroes, but he is down in 56th place on three under – 14 strokes adrift.

Swede Peter Hanson is one further back, but Paul Lawrie is joint 129th on one over – and only the top 60 and ties survive the cut after tomorrow's third round.

The one thing in their favour is that they still have St Andrews to play whereas Grace has Carnoustie to come and that is by far the stiffest test of the three.

Also in a fight to stay around for Sunday's closing 18 holes at St Andrews are Open champion Ernie Els on one under, twice winner Padraig Harrington on level par and last year's Open winner Darren Clarke, who is alongside Lawrie.

The Scot is playing with his 17-year-old son Craig and did not mind admitting that the scratch-handicapper outscored him in the second round, albeit off forward tees.

'He played lovely and was four under on his own ball – I'm very proud of him,' said the 1999 Open champion, who had to be content with a two under 70 himself.

Paul Casey is another on three under, but the former world number three will remember the day for two unusual incidents – a dog running off with his ball and swimming star Michael Phelps holing a 50-yard putt.

Casey was on the green in two at Kingsbarns' long 12th – his third – when the dog took the ball 'off up the hill toward the 13th tee'.

He added: 'I had that moment of panic where I thought I'd have to play it where Digby – he had his name on his collar – left it, but we placed it back as close as we could to where we thought it originally was.'

Grace had no such dramas, but was glad the format allowed him to switch courses following his 60.

'It would have been a hard situation if I had to play Kingsbarns again after shooting lights out. Getting to St Andrews I didn't know what to expect.

'I struggling a bit in the beginning, but then my putter started getting hot again.'

He had four successive birdies around the turn.

Sjoholm matched the round, while over at Carnoustie Olesen had six birdies and three bogeys for a 69.

Leading British player is Graeme Storm, round in 66 at the Home of Golf to reach 10 under and joint fifth place.

Andrew Strauss misses simple putt at St Andrews

Fore! Strauss was always better at hitting fours as he misses simple putt at St Andrews

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18:54 GMT, 4 October 2012

Just found out that KP is back in the England set-up, Straussy No, this was the moment that recently-retired England captain Andrew Strauss missed the simplest of putts while playing in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship pro-am at St Andrews.

While Kevin Pietersen begins the process of re-integration into the England set-up, his former skipper as enjoying his round on the Old Course. But this miss had Strauss hanging his head in shame.

I can't watch! Strauss hides his his head in shame after missing this putt

I can't watch! Strauss hides his his head in shame after missing this putt

Elsewhere, South African Branden Grace equalled the European Tour record with a round of 60 at Kingsbarns in the first round.

Already with three European Tour titles to his name this season, the 24-year-old knocked two strokes off Lee Westwood's course record thanks to an eagle and 10 birdies – five of them in a row to finish with.

Fourteen players have now shot 60 on the circuit – Darren Clarke has done it twice – and like so many of the others Grace came off saying: 'It could have been a 59'.

All smiles: Strauss was enjoying his round at the Alfred Dunhill pro-am

All smiles: Strauss was enjoying his round at the Alfred Dunhill pro-am

All smiles: Strauss was enjoying his round at the Alfred Dunhill pro-am

The Pretoria golfer leads Victor Dubuisson by two, the Frenchman's 62 at St Andrews today also being a course record, while many of the big guns were left trailing in his wake after they battled with the far tougher Carnoustie.

The three Ryder Cup heroes in the field – Paul Lawrie, Martin Kaymer and Peter Hanson – returned 75, 70 and 72 respectively, with Lawrie commenting on his return to the course where he won the 1999 Open: 'I was a little bit tired obviously, but the first 12 holes were my worst ball-striking of the year.'

Kiss and make up: KP is back in the fold after being kicked out of the England team

Kiss and make up: KP is back in the fold after being kicked out of the England team

Oscar Pistorius golfing at Dunhill Links: Sprinter terrified by dancing

Gold-winning sprinter Pistorius picks up the clubs and reveals dancing terror

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17:54 GMT, 3 October 2012

Oscar Pistorius said the most petrifying three minutes of his life had nothing to do with the Olympics or Paralympics.

The 25-year-old amputee sprinter, who has switched to golf in Scotland this week as one of the celebrities at the Dunhill Links Championship pro-am, said: 'I had to do a 'Dancing with the Stars' thing last year in Italy.

'I would like to have two left feet, but I have no feet at all! That for me was by far the most nerve-wracking thing I've ever done.

Challenges: Oscar Pistorius revealed his dancing ordeal

Challenges: Oscar Pistorius revealed his dancing ordeal

'It was 157 seconds of absolute torture – but a lot of fun.'

Pistorius partners Paul McGinley at Carnoustie on Thursday alongside Colin Montgomerie and Sir Steve Redgrave and has warned them not to expect too much.

'My golf is rubbish at the moment and I've got quite a dodgy game as it is. Yesterday I shot 88 or 89 and today (in his final practice round) I shot closer to triple digits.'

Building: Pistorius is trying to improve his golf game

Building: Pistorius is trying to improve his golf game

Pistorius, who had a double below-the-knee amputation as a baby after being born without a fibula in either leg, was bought his first set of clubs as a teenager, but running soon took over his life.

He competed in the London Olympics in both the 400metres and 4x400m relay and then won two golds at the Paralympics to take his career total to six.

The man known as 'Blade Runner' is aiming for the 2016 Games in Rio and then possibly one more year of competition after that.

One more shot: Pistorius wants to compete in Rio

One more shot: Pistorius wants to compete in Rio

He added: 'I'll be 30 then, so it's fairly early for a sprinter, but I've been running since I was 17 and internationally since 2007.

'It's a very demanding career and I would like to get involved in other aspects of my life, in humanitarian work and family life.'

Martin Kaymer: Ryder Cup putt was the ultimate thrill

Kaymer: THAT putt was the ultimate thrill… but I could have been the biggest idiot!

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16:09 GMT, 3 October 2012

Martin Kaymer has arrived in Scotland a Ryder Cup hero – and fully aware of how close he was to being 'the biggest idiot'.

The 27-year-old, who now tries to follow European success with Dunhill Links Championship victory just as he did two years ago, said of his crucial last hole at Medinah: 'It was such a fine line and fortunately it went the right way.

Kaymer also gave a possible explanation for sending his 25-foot first putt on the final green against Steve Stricker six feet past.

Plenty to smile about: Martin Kaymer chats next to the Ryder Cup at the Old Course in St Andrews

Plenty to smile about: Martin Kaymer chats next to the Ryder Cup at the Old Course in St Andrews

It was the moment when the magnificent comeback by Jose Maria Olazabal's side looked as if it might suffer a shocking late twist, but the German held his nerve to make the par needed for Europe to retain the trophy.

Kaymer told caddie Craig Connolly before his birdie attempt: 'I want to make that putt – I want the ultimate thrill.

'I think that was a good attitude at that stage. You don't want to just hit close to the hole and then knock it in.

'Even though it was more difficult in the end, it was an even better feeling.

'Of course it was a lot of pressure, but I see it more like a gift what happened.

'It's very, very rare that you are in a position as a golf player to make such an important putt.

Medinah miracle: Kaymer holes the putt that won the Ryder Cup and celebrates (below)

Medinah miracle: Kaymer holes the putt that won the Ryder Cup and celebrates (below)

Medinah miracle: Kaymer holes the putt that won the Ryder Cup and celebrates (below)

'There will never, ever, be a more important putt in my life. Even if I have a chance in two years' time again I've done it before already.

'I'm just very thankful that I got the possibility to go through those moments and to experience all of the things that I did.

'It's very difficult to describe. You're just so much in that moment. Fortunately it worked out.'

Kaymer hugged his brother afterwards and had one big concern – how had he looked on television after sinking the cup-winning putt.

'You can see my emotions. It was on a completely different level to the PGA (his major victory in 2010). I asked my brother “Did I look ridiculous” because I was in a complete new zone.

'I have never seen myself like this. I have never reacted like this.

'He said “No, you're fine and even if you looked ridiculous it's a good thing because it comes natural. It's how you felt, it's a true feeling, it doesn't matter”.

Back to the day job: Kaymer hits a shot on the range ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Back to the day job: Kaymer hits a shot on the range ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

'I've watched it a few times on tv and YouTube and stuff. Yeah, it didn't look that bad!'

What was bad in Kaymer's view was the German television commentary of their most dramatic golfing moment since Bernhard Langer missed the six-foot putt that decided the 1991 match at Kiawah Island.

'I'm very thankful where I'm from and very happy that I got so much support in Germany, but I was very disappointed the way the commentators were talking about it when I watched the last two or three holes on the German tv channel.

'There was no excitement. On the 18th green it was like 'it drops in, it's very nice, great celebration'. They are just so flat.

'For me it is very difficult to understand. There is something so big happening and some don't get it. That is very sad.'

Home of golf: Kaymer is in action this week at the Alfred Dunhill Links alongside Bill Murray and Michael Phelps

Home of golf: Kaymer is in action this week alongside the likes of Bill Murray and Michael Phelps

Paul Lawrie and Peter Hanson are the other members of the side competing this week, plus American Dustin Johnson.

All four vice-captains Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez are playing as well.

'We were such a team on Sunday,' Kaymer added. 'To be part of such an historical day is very, very special and in that little circle – the players and the captains – I hope that we can keep it like this and don't talk about it that much. It's our thing. That is very special for us.'

Most of the big names start at Carnoustie, then switch to Kingsbarns on Friday before playing St Andrews on Saturday and also Sunday assuming they survive the cut.

Ryder Cup 2012: Jose Maria Olazabal won"t stay on as captain

That's it from me! Olazabal rules out taking another spell as Ryder Cup captain

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11:10 GMT, 2 October 2012

Jose Maria Olazabal has ruled out captaining the European Ryder Cup team again.

There had been fresh calls for the popular Spaniard to take charge of the defence of the trophy at Gleneagles in 2014 after guiding Team Europe to victory in Chicago.

Paul McGinley, one of Olazabal's vice captains, is expected to get the nod for the battle at the Centenary Course in two years.

They're back: (From left) Nicolas Colsaerts, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Francesco Molinari, Paul McGinley and Miguel Angel Jimenez pose with the trophy after landing at Heathrow

They're back: (From left) Nicolas Colsaerts, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Francesco Molinari, Paul McGinley and Miguel Angel Jimenez pose with the trophy after landing at Heathrow

Thumbs up: Lee Westwood

Come here you: Jose Maria Olazabal and Lee Westwood

All smiles: Westwood gave his captain Olazabal a hug at the airport

Olazabal and members of his
victorious side touched down at Heathrow on Tuesday morning – tired from
travelling and celebrating long into the night but still beaming from
the Miracle at Medinah.

The narrow win over the Americans was celebrated in style on Sunday evening but it was back to business for Olazabal and Co.

While the likes of Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Luke Donald are based in the United States, other European Tour stars are back in action on home soil this week.

Paul Lawrie, Peter Hanson and Martin Kaymer are heading for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and Thomas Bjrn, Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimnez and McGinley, all vice captains to Olazabal, are also teeing it up in Scotland.

More to follow…

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Natural leader: Team Europe skipper Olazabal

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