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Kaymer wears course specialist tag lightly

‘I can win it or miss the cut,’ says former world No 1

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Abu Dhabi: Martin Kaymar has won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship thrice and finished runner-up once in six attempts, but the German refuses to believe he is a course specialist here.

Even current world No 1 Rory McIlroy had said that despite his consistency here (he finished in the top five in each one of his last four visits) on the National Course it was Kaymar who stood between the Northern Ireland star and a win here.

Kaymar won his first title here as a rookie in 2008, finished second in 2009 and then again won the next two in 2010 and 2011.

Kaymer said: “Well, some years it suits my eye, some years it doesn’t. I’ve been here six times. I’ve won three times and missed the cut twice. So either one might happen this week.”

Kaymar also admitted that holes No 9 and No 11 gave him trouble. “Well, the toughest tee shot for me is No 9. That’s a weird one. But maybe it has something to do with I hit it a couple times in the water on the left, and usually I don’t miss a lot of fairways here. And then those tee shots, they stick out a little bit.

“And then another one is 11, I don’t know why. Those left to rights, you would think it suits my eye, but it doesn’t. So those are just two tee shots that are not my favourite, but I mean, I’m still happy to hit the fairway tomorrow if I’m lucky.”