FORMER world No1 Martin Kaymer has not given up hope of denying England’s Luke Donald a PGA and European Tour double after storming to victory in the WGC-HSBC Championship in Shanghai.
Kaymer’s birdie-strewn back nine earned him a 10th European Tour triumph and lifted him to second in the circuit’s money list, which PGA Tour winner Donald currently heads with just a handful of events remaining.
But the German, 26, admits Donald’s lead of almost £900,000 in the Race to Dubai may prove too great, despite a return to form that saw him overhaul a five-shot overnight deficit to win by three.
“He deserves to be No1 in Europe,” Kaymer said of Donald. “It will be difficult [to catch him], but that is what the sport is about, to challenge yourself, challenge the other players that you play with week in, week out, and of course I’ll try.”
Kaymer’s nine birdies in the final 12 holes left him on 20 under par, beating Sweden’s Freddie Jacobson.