May 23 2012
Dropping out of the world's top 10 is not quite what Martin Kaymer had planned for this year - but he is not about to press any panic buttons.
Just over a year ago the 27-year-old German was golf's number one, with a major title and eight other European Tour titles to his name. Last November he played one of the rounds of the season, a closing 63 to win the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, but the best he has managed this year so far is a seventh place in a relatively weak field at the Malaysian Open.
Now Kaymer is at Wentworth for Europe's flagship BMW PGA Championship, and he said: "I think it's pretty normal that you can't play great golf every week. People have to understand in sport that every athlete is human."
As a way of illustrating that, he reminded everyone about Lionel Messi's penalty miss for Barcelona against Chelsea and then the misses at Saturday's final in Munich.
"You think they are world-class athletes, but even they can fail or miss once in a while," he said. "So it's just a matter of time that I will play great golf again. Everybody goes through a time when it's not ideal. I need to go a step back now and just wait for my chances.
"I practise a lot and it will pay off sooner or later. It's just sometimes a little frustrating when it doesn't pay off straight away, but that's what it is in sport.
"There's nothing wrong. I think that one of my strengths is that I know what I have to do and I know what I'm doing.
"There are a lot of people that tell you what you do wrong and what you have to do different, but it doesn't bother me - I know what my goal is.
"If you change a few things or if you try to improve a few things you've got to go back one step in order to go two steps forward.
"I'm still young. I don't need to worry about it that much."