There are two schools of thought when it comes to momentum in golf. On one hand, when a player scores a big win, like Bubba Watson at the 2012 Masters, things can get tough fast. Between the relief of finally earning that landmark victory and the media and sponsor demands that inevitably follow, the actual game sometimes takes a back seat.
On the other hand, though, many times it just takes one big week to open the floodgates of success. While it’s been just five days since Martin Kaymer won The PLAYERS Championship for his first PGA Tour title in nearly four years, he’s showing no signs of slowing down this week at the Byron Nelson Championship.
Kaymer carded his second straight round of 67 on Friday at TPC Four Seasons, and is in the middle of an eight-player logjam tied for second, two strokes behind Brendon Todd. Kaymer is clearly in a good place mentally right now, and that’s translating to his production on the course.
“I think if you had a good week, obviously you can take a lot into the next week,” Kaymer said Friday. “You play a little bit more free, a little bit more relaxed.”
Clearly, “relaxed” might be an understatement. He’s been absolutely deadly with his ball striking, hitting 20 of 28 fairways and 26 of 36 greens in regulation. Getting up and down hasn’t been a problem either, with only one bogey in each of his first two rounds. While it isn’t blowing the field out of the water yet, Kaymer’s in prime position to make a charge on Moving Day.
Plenty of big names are still in the hunt, but if the former world No. 1 has his eyes on a return to the top of the sport, another strong performance this week will go a long way toward proving he still has what it takes.