Martin Kaymer is feeling very much at home at Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC), the host venue for this week’s Maybank Championship Malaysi, as the layout reminds him of the courses he grew up playing in his native Germany.
RSGC was founded in 1893 and re-modelled in 2005 but still retains its classic parkland feel. The German star is a big fan of the “old school”, tree-lined course.
“I’ve played many times in Malaysia, but this has to be my favourite course here,” said the two-time Major winner. “It’s definitely my kind of course, I grew up playing tree-lined courses so in some ways this place reminds me of home – although it’s a little bit warmer here!
“You really need to move the ball both ways, and I enjoy the challenge of shaping your shots. You need to hit lots of fairways and then wait for your chances to come along, so it’s a fun course to play. You have to try to take advantage of the par-fives, because they’re all reachable in two.”
Kaymer has not won on tour since the 2014 US Open but after deciding to take a holiday to recharge his batteries, having missed the cut in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the German is feeling refreshed and ready to win again.
“I practised hard over the winner, sometimes it pays off straight away and other times it takes longer. The last few years, I’ve managed to get off to a fast start but this time I’ve struggled to find my rhythm. So I took time off last week and went on holiday, and it really helped to clear my head,” he said.
“The golf course suits me, I had a very nice group in the Pro-Am yesterday, we’re staying in a nice hotel, the food’s good and everyone seems very happy and smiling, so I have no reason not to relax and feel happy! You always expect a lot from yourself, but hopefully I can handle that this week,” added the former World No 1.