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Kaymer pleased to be quick on the draw these days

By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Martin Kaymer had just seized his first victory in a major and was riding high at number one in the world rankings but a fourth successive missed cut at the U.S. Masters prompted him to completely revamp his game. It was back in 2011, eight months after landing the U.S. PGA Championship title, that the young German decided he could no longer tolerate the fact he was unable to shape his golf ball from right to left.

Golf: Kaymer out to end 19-month slump in Munich

Former world number one Martin Kaymer of Germany has said he is out to end his 19 month-long slump when the BMW International Open begins on Thursday in Munich. The 28-year-old reached the top of the world rankings in November 2011, when he also tasted his last tournament victory in Shanghai, but after a barren run, he has dropped to 35th in the world golf rankings. Having finished 59th at last weekend's US Open, Kaymer admitted that he needed a fresh start after the rigours of months away on tour.

UPDATE 2-Golf-McIlroy misses Abu Dhabi cut, Woods faces wait

(Adds Kaymer quotes) By Tony Jimenez ABU DHABI, Jan 18 (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the Abu Dhabi Championship on Friday and second-ranked Tiger Woods looks almost certain to suffer the same fate after a bizarre rules infringement. McIlroy carded a 75 for a six-over total of 150 while playing partner Woods was given a belated two-shot penalty for an incident at the fifth hole and seems sure to miss out as well after having to sign for a 75, rather than a 73, for a tally of 147.

Golf-Kaymer eclipses McIlroy and Woods in marquee three-ball

By Tony Jimenez ABU DHABI, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Triple former winner Martin Kaymer eclipsed playing partners Rory McIlroy and former world number one Tiger Woods in the opening round of the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi Championship on Thursday. German Kaymer, who lifted the spectacular Falcon Trophy here in 2008, 2010 and 2011, carded a one-under 71 in difficult gusty conditions in the Middle East while world number one McIlroy ballooned to a 75 and Woods had to settle for a 72.
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