IS MARTIN KAYMER REALLY THE NO. 2 GOLFER IN THE WORLD?

That really depends on your criteria.

Has Martin Kaymer been the second best player in the world since the PGA Championship?

No, He’s actually been the best. (Here is the top-10):

Martin Kaymer

-0.88278

32

Lee Westwood

-0.80399

20

Paul Casey

-0.78899

32

Steve Stricker

-0.75241

28

Graeme McDowell

-0.73393

42

Matt Kuchar

-0.67803

37

Tiger Woods

-0.65715

28

Jason Day

-0.64852

24

Rory McIlroy

-0.60657

40

Luke Donald

-0.59762

30

The problem, of course, is that a reliable time frame?

And that answer would appear to be no. Consider that this is a list of the top-5 golfers over a five year stretch from 2010-2006.

Player

Z-score

Rds

Tiger Woods

-1.09043

265

Jim Furyk

-0.67335

417

Phil Mickelson

-0.65223

379

Steve Stricker

-0.64483

365

Ernie Els

-0.55861

450

So Kaymer is almost certainly playing at an unsustainable level.

But, let’s not confuse that with not good. Kaymer is young, and so far has showed a pretty consistent arc to improvement. At 25, Kaymer’s game is at a level that is better than any of his peers. If you had to project him somewhere on that five-year list, I’d say right now his game probably falls above Els. With Furyk, Mickelson and Stricker aging, that means Kaymer is certainly in the discussion for the current No. 2, but it is by no means clear-cut. You would probably have to include players like Paul Casey and Lee Westwood, in that discussion as well.

The point is, Kaymer is a very promising young player, and appears to be on his way up, but don’t expect him to keep up this current level of play.

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