News & ToursJune 17, 2014

Martin Kaymer's U.S. Open win forced everyone to dust off their favorite German car analogy

By Sam Weinman__

__Martin Kaymer is German. Germans are known for their efficiency and their masterfully engineered cars. Martin Kaymer played Pinehurst No. 2 efficiently and masterfully last week.

Do you see where this is headed?


Yes, if you paid close enough attention to the coverage of Kaymer's eight-stroke win in the U.S. Open, you could begin to detect a trend -- a seemingly unending stream of comparisons between Kaymer and a German car. Either that or references to his "German efficiency." 

It didn't help that Kaymer was wearing a Mercedes-Benz logo on his shirt, that he betrayed little emotion through 72 holes of the Open, and that his golf was, well, machine-like in its precision (See, even we just did it. Man, that was easy!).

Anyway, some examples:

"This was German engineering at its finest." -- The Seattle Times

"He looked like a product of German engineering precision while joining Woods and McIlroy on the short list of seven players who have won wire to wire in 114 U.S. Opens." -- Bleacher Report

"The 29-year-old German thus far has played like a 'finely tuned engineer,' a description Darren Clarke used for him when Kaymer won The Players Championship last month.' -- The Associated Press.

". . . He needed to seven-putt to win. Typical of Kaymer and his German efficiency, he just hit the first one in." -- The Los Angeles Times

And then there was Twitter.

Martin Kaymer was the 40/1 winner of the second major of the season, the US Open, meticulous German efficiency personified

— GTT (@GolfTwitTipster) June 16, 2014

Watching Martin Kaymer play golf is like driving my Alpina B7 German engineering smooth and in control. Enjoyed watching him play @GGGAgolf

— Gary Gilchrist (@GaryGilchrist) June 16, 2014

Martin Kaymer is German Engineering. #usopen #domination #ironeagle

— SportsCentaur (@SportsCentaur) June 16, 2014

Kaymer is a German feat of engineering, superb play all weekend

— Mark O'Donnell (@markodonnell10) June 15, 2014

Martin Kaymer is a marvel of German engineering.

— AssistantProProblems (@AProProblems) June 15, 2014 The list goes on.

Fortunately, we saw no Kaymer comparisons to a bratwurst. Otherwise we would have had all the German cliches covered.__

__Follow @SamWeinman

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