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Tuesday, 10 September 2019
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Martin Kaymer feels relaxed and rejuvenated as he returns from a lengthy break at the 100th edition of the KLM Open.

The two time Major Champion has not been on the golf course since finishing in a tie for 20th at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open in July before deciding to recharge his batteries.

Kaymer is a former winner of this event - claiming victory in 2010 at Hilversumsche Golf Club - and the German has targeted the 100th edition of the tournament to kick-start the final section of the section.

“I needed a break after that super, super busy summer of going from one tournament straight to another and I couldn’t prepare for tournaments anymore. So I needed a break and I didn’t really know how long I needed a break for,” Kaymer said.

“I took five weeks off because my brother got married two weeks ago and a good friend of mine got married last week.

“The first three weeks, I didn’t really play golf at all because of the busy summer but then the last two weeks I’ve prepared a little bit for the rest of the season.

“It was such a nice feeling to get away from the golf course, and then look forward to seeing everybody and play the game.”

Kaymer has not been in the winner’s circle on the European Tour since his 2014 U.S. Open victory at Pinehurst No.2, but the German has had a consistent 2019 campaign.

The 34-year-old has missed just one cut from nine events this season, including top ten finishes at the Betfred British Masters and Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, but the 11 time European Tour winner insists there is no pressure at The International.

“I won the tournament but on a different course. I really enjoyed Hilversumsche, great year in general in 2010 for me, winning my first Major and winning so close to home.

“It is one of those tournaments that I really enjoy because I can drive home whenever I have a late tee time the next day. I will stay at my own place and it is very comfortable.

“I feel very relaxed. I don’t really know what to expect this week because I haven’t really done much because I didn’t really feel like practising that much, but it is a great week to enjoy the game.

“I think Thursday and Friday are big days to see where the game is at - to see if I have a chance to win or not.”

Englishman Matt Wallace is confident he can bounce back from his disappointing week at the Omega European Masters and continue his bid to climb up the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex with a strong performance in Amsterdam.

Wallace sits fifth in his pursuit to become Europe’s Number One golfer with 11 events remaining, but insists he can makes amends for his third missed cut of the season in Switzerland.

“I always enjoy coming back to Holland,” Wallace said. “I enjoyed last time at the Dutch - at a different course this year, a great field and supposed to be great weather as well.

“I worked really hard last week. I didn’t have a great week in Crans. I put it down to a bit of driver issues and didn’t have the right driver there with the air density and stuff, so it was going off line quite easily.

“Not a great week for me, but will use that as a little bit of fire to go into this week.”

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1GARCIA, SergioESP18-18
2HØJGAARD, NicolaiDEN18-17
3WALLACE, MattENG18-15
4MORRISON, JamesENG18-14
5SHINKWIN, CallumENG18-13
6KARLBERG, RikardSWE18-12

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