Patty Tavatanakit cracked her driver mid-way through her first round on Thursday, and wasn’t expecting a replacement until mid-morning on Friday. One problem: She was teeing off at 8:43 a.m. A family friend back in Orlando, where Tavatanakit lives, actually drove her former gamer up to Atlanta late Thursday, and handed it to her as she started to warm up at 6 a.m.
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“The sound was different, so I was like, OK, I'm making good swings. I can hit anything. I was out there trying to ignore the fact that it's not really working, and just finesse something.
I feel like I did a good job at that”. Martin Kaymer insisted he was not putting too much pressure on himself on home soil after carding an opening 70 at the 2021 BMW International Open. The home favourite is a two time Major Champion and former World Number One but his last win was his second Major at the 2014 U.S.
Open Championship and he currently sits 99th in the Official World Golf Ranking. A long awaited victory this week at Golfclub München Eichenried would go some way to moving him back to the very top of the game, but the 36-year-old insists he is willing to be patient.
"I was searching a bit over the last few weeks what it was," he said. "I said to Craig (Connelly, caddie) also, I’m not too far away. Then you miss a cut and think you must be far away. But it didn’t feel like it.
My attitude changed a bit in terms of: I don’t need to perform this week. My goal is more mid-term, long-term. I need to get back to the Top 50 in the World, Top 20 and eventually to the Top Ten, Top Five. I need to see it step by step.
My main mission is now to play golf and work on the things I work on with my coach in the tournament without focusing so much on the result. I think that attitude takes the pressure away a little bit."