Kaymer on top of the world
Martin Kaymer will be the new world number one regardless of the outcome of Sunday's Match Play final against Luke Donald.
Last Updated: 27/02/11 7:00pm
Martin Kaymer goes into Sunday's WGC-Accenture Match Play final against Luke Donald safe in the knowledge he will be the new world number one regardless of the outcome.
The German prevailed by one hole in a see-saw semi-final clash with Bubba Watson and is now guaranteed to overhaul Lee Westwood at the top of the rankings when they are updated on Monday.
"It has taken me only five years to get to number one," he said. "For myself, my family and the people I work with it's a great achievement.
"I was not thinking about the number one spot (against Watson) as I was sure I would get the opportunity again over the next few weeks, I just wanted to win the match.
"He made a great birdie at 17, you can't do anything about that, but it worked out fine.
"Luke is probably one of the best match play players in the world, we get along well but because it's a final it will add more pressure."
Watson had earlier come from five down to beat JB Holmes at the quarter- final stage but he gave himself too much to do in a scrappy last-four encounter.
The pair were all square through 12 before Kaymer went one up at 13.
Watson hit back as his opponent could only bogey the 14th, but the American was then crucially inaccurate with his tee shots at 15 and 16, allowing a birdie and a par to put Kaymer two up with two to play.
Watson produced a brilliant birdie three at the 17th to keep the tie alive, but Kaymer held his nerve to hole the putt that secured him a minimum of a half at the last.
Donald had earlier demolished Matt Kuchar 6&5 in his semi-final.