Martin Kaymer: “It depends a lot on the wind”

Home favourite Martin Kaymer can’t wait to play in front of spectators again as he tees it up at the Porsche European Open for the first time since 2016.

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“It’s nice to play in front of people again in Europe. It’s one of the first tournament where we can play in front of spectators and fans, and I’m glad it’s happening in Germany. That’s really cool. I have a few friends here in Hamburg and I gave them tickets to come out on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. They are excited to watch live golf again. We are excited about having a little bit of support. I was very happy to hear the news. My brother is here as my caddie, I have my girlfriend here with me. It’s nice having those people who care about you and who support you. Playing in your home country always adds expectations for yourself, because you always want to perform a little better when you’re at home. I can’t see the winning score being very low. It depends a lot on the wind, the greens are very tricky with a lot of slopes and undulations. I don’t see 20 or 25 under par like we’ve seen on the European Tour recently. The first round will feel similar to a 72-hole event. Once Sunday comes, the second round, you’ll try and position yourself like you usually would on a Saturday. It’s a marathon that we usually play, this week it’s a half marathon. You need to be in fourth or fifth gear a little earlier”.

Alena Sharp is a 16-year LPGA Tour veteran and Olympic athlete from Canada. He wrote an article for the LPGA web site.: “I’ve been married to my wife Sarah Bowman, who is also my caddie, since November of 2020 and our union is more accepted now than at any point in history. People view us now as married people. We’re the couple, just like any other. That’s a big jump from just a few years ago and lightyears from where society was when I was a kid. I’m 40 now and have been on the LPGA Tour for 16 years. When I was a rookie, my friends and family knew that I was gay. But it wasn’t something that I publicized. I didn’t want to alienate any potential sponsors and didn’t want to put any of my existing sponsors in an awkward spot. I wasn’t closeted. I just lived my life quietly, keeping my orientation out of the public eye. Even that was better than the way society viewed us when I was young. I noticed when I was 15 years old that I was finding women more attractive than men. I tried not to think about it, but it was always there. My last year of junior golf, when I was 17, I realized it more. It’s hard because you’re a kid and having feelings that you don’t understand. But who can you tell? I was raised Catholic where the teachings were clear: is a sin. My grandparents and parents went to Mass and followed the precepts of their faith, so I couldn’t talk to them. I already knew what the priests would say. And this isn’t exactly a conversation that you have with teenaged friends. Then when I went to college. I was really confused because I was dating men and afraid to date a woman. I knew I wanted to; I knew by then that I was strongly attracted to women, but at that time there was an inherent fear. A fear of rejection; a fear of discrimination; a fear of being shut out and closed off from the relationships that mattered most to me at the time. And there was, at times, a palpable fear of physical harm. There were still parts of the United States and Canada where you could be assaulted because of your orientation. So, in addition to all the other things a college freshman goes through, I battled all those questions, feeling, and fears”.