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Short game problems key for Martin Kaymer
April 14, 2011

World number one Martin Kaymer has spent time chipping away at the problems in his short game as he bids to recover from another missed cut at the U.S. Masters.

The German arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday for the Malaysian Open hoping for an improved showing after failing to make the weekend at Augusta for the fourth consecutive year.

“Most of the time, my swing feels OK, I just didn’t play well on the first day (at Augusta),” the U.S. PGA Champion told Reuters on Wednesday at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club which will host the co-sanctioned European and Asian Tour event.

“I’m working a lot on my short game at the moment as there are big tournaments coming up now.

“I see my coach next week again so we might have to work on a few things with my swing and we will see what he comes up with but for the moment, and for myself, I just practise on my short game.”

As Kaymer struggled at Augusta, former world number one Tiger Woods looked back to his best as he produced a blistering final round charge to flirt with the lead before finishing in a tie for fourth behind winner Charl Schwartzel.

Kaymer said it was important to see the 14-times major winner back in the mix after a dismal run without a tournament win since the Australian Masters in 2009 as he recovers from a public divorce and attempts to remodel his swing.

“I hope so,” Kaymer said when asked if Woods had turned the corner.

“It would be great for golf. I thought about it before. I think he is coming back earlier than a lot of people thought and that was obviously the first proof that he is getting close.”

Kaymer, who beat Rory McIlroy to win the Abu Dhabi Championship in January, reflected on his own problems at Augusta and his struggles with the layout.

“Of course my record (at Augusta) has been not good. Some golf courses in the world really suit your irons and some they don’t and so there are some golf courses I struggle with,” he said.

“It’s a golf course where you have to draw the ball, I like to fade the ball and if you have that a lot of times on the golf course it makes it tougher.”

Kaymer will begin his first round in Malaysia on Thursday alongside Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee and McIlroy in a strong field featuring Schwartzel and British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen.

The German said he and Oosthuizen had changed their flights to watch the drama unfold at Augusta on Sunday as Schwartzel took advantage of McIlroy’s collapse and produce some scintillating golf to take his first major.

“I feel OK, I slept fairly well last night, obviously it’s a 12-hour time difference form Atlanta but I feel OK.”

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