BMW Golfsport Ambassador returns to his home country for the first time following his victory in the US PGA Championship.
Munich. Martin Kaymer’s choice of location for his triumphant return was no coincidence. It was at BMW Welt in Munich that the golf star stepped up before the expectant media for his first public appearance on German soil after winning the US PGA Championship.
Now fifth in the world rankings, Kaymer proudly showed off his trophy to the assembled media and willingly took them through the emotional moments of his triumph at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, just over a fortnight ago. “I always dreamed of one day winning a major,” said Kaymer at the media gathering with sponsorship partner BMW. “To have done it at my young age is a great milestone in my career. I was told afterwards that I looked really cool on the outside, but needless to say it was all pretty nerve-racking.”
Kaymer and BMW are united by dynamics and precision – two attributes that stand for BMW as much as they do for the perfect golf shot. The carmaker and the outstanding golfing pro have enjoyed a very special relationship for many years now. It was on BMW’s invitation that the amateur golfer from the Rhineland played in the 2003 BMW International Open in Munich Eichenried – the first professional tournament of his career. In 2008, his second win in the European Tour doubled up as a historical landmark: for the first time in the history of the BMW International Open, now in its 22nd year, a German professional had taken the title – what’s more, in an anniversary event. Kaymer has for several months now been representing the Group worldwide as BMW Golfsport Ambassador.
“We are very proud of our close relationship with Martin and are delighted to have been able to provide him with a small stage here in BMW Welt to mark his return,” said Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “Once again we would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to him on his outstanding performance in the US PGA Championship. The way Martin managed to maintain his poise and precision in the playoff demonstrated yet again what an extraordinary ambassador of his sport he is.
” Kaymer’s highly acclaimed success in Whistling Straits will undoubtedly give golf in Germany a further boost. Said the 25-year-old from Mettmann in North Rhine-Westphalia: “My wish is that even more people in this country can be won over to this fascinating sport.”
The next opportunity to see Kaymer in action will be at the 2010 Ryder Cup, held from 1 to 3 October at Celtic Manor in Wales. Winning the US major has earned Kaymer a firm place in the European team for this biennial intercontinental contest between Team USA and Team Europe. BMW will also be involved in the tournament as Partner and Official Car provider. “I can hardly wait to take part in the Ryder Cup for the first time in my life,” said Kaymer. “My biggest aim this year was to qualify for the European team.”
The forthcoming season will see Kaymer competing in an increasing number of tours in the USA. In addition, he already has the 2011 European Tour inked into his diary, where he will be seen contesting Germany’s only professional tournament. “I’ll be back in time for the 2011 BMW International Open at the latest,” promised a beaming new major winner.