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Kaymer counts on the M Factor for Mission Hills
October 29, 2012

Defending champion Martin Kaymer is counting on the M Factor as he bids for back to back wins in next week's WGC-HSBC Champions (Nov 1-4).

The 27-year-old German clinched an incredible Ryder Cup success for Europe last month and believes that the momentum of "that putt" can propel him to more glory at Mission Hills Guangdong.

Kaymer, who stormed to victory with a stunning run of nine birdies in his final 12 holes at last year's HSBC Champions, said: "It's all about one word - momentum.

"I've had an up and down season but what happened at Medinah has given me so much energy and momentum. A moment like that can really inspire you to achieve great things so I'm hoping to ride the wave all the way to China and defend my HSBC Champions title.

"Momentum is so important in golf - it's a big part of what won us the Ryder Cup and from a personal point of view although I wasn't in the best of form going into the tournament last year as soon as I got on a roll on the Sunday I knew there was no looking back. 

"I suppose you could say HSBC have been lucky for me as I started 2011 by winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and finished it by winning HSBC Champions.

"HSBC Champions is a great event and has played a huge part in bringing world class golf to China - that in itself is inspiring, to see the changes in this part of the world over the past few years. China has everything in place to be a powerhouse in world golf and having done well in this part of the world I'm hoping that this amazing journey continues - I know I want to be a part of it."

History suggests Kaymer can step up his game when it comes to the crunch - his win last year came when he was out of form and his Ryder Cup putt followed a low key start to the event - and HSBC tournaments seem to bring out the best in him having won in Shanghai once and Abu Dhabi three times.

The tournament boasts the toughest qualification criteria's of all the World Golf Championships with the majority of the field qualifying only by winning a key tournament on their Tours or by being ranked in the World's top 25.

Looking ahead to the WGC-HSBC Champions, HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship and Events Giles Morgan said: "Martin Kaymer has been a great champion and do not write him off - no one has ever successfully defended their title in this event but he has got the ability and the determination to make history.

"The WGC-HSBC Champions has the makings of an end of season classic. We're approaching our tenth year as a major international sponsor of golf and this memorable golfing year looks like getting the memorable finale it deserves."

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