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Martin Kaymer is having a mini-U.S. Open hangover

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Regardless of how the rest of his season turns out, 2014 has been an excellent year for Martin Kaymer -- winning the Players Championship and the U.S. Open in the same year is a success by any measure. But just as we thought Martin Kaymer was ready to go all 'Tiger Woods' on the golf world, things have started to slip a touch.

Two weeks after his victory at Pinehurst, Kaymer missed the cut and finished T-102 -- his worst finish on any tour since late 2012 -- at the BMW International Open in Germany. A week later (last week), Kaymer was in the hunt after three rounds at the French Open, but shot a final round 77 that included a triple-bogey eight on the third hole and a double bogey six on the sixth. That was his worst round on any tour since March.

In fairness, Kaymer still managed to finish T-12 at the French Open, and it's still only two events, but considering he's one of the market leaders for a major he's had a pretty sketchy record in -- one top 10 in six appearances -- it might be something worth keeping an eye on.