SHANGHAI: Germany’s Martin Kaymer shot a stunning 10-under-par 62 on Saturday to beat his own course record and leapfrog onto the lead-erboard of the $8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
Starting his round at level par on the 10th after scores of 70 and 74 on the first two days, the former US PGA champion began with an astonishing six birdies in his first seven holes to reach the turn in 30.
He carded four more birdies on the back nine, but agonisingly missed a short putt at the ninth, his final hole, that would have equalled the lowest round of his career, a 61 at the Portugal Masters in 2007.
He did though beat the record 63 at Sheshan Golf Club that he had jointly held until Saturday with Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Daisuke Maruyama and Ernie Els.
“I had a few unexpected birdies which always helps,” Kaymer told reporters afterwards.
“With that fast start I knew there was a chance at a really low number. I’ve shot 59 once before in 2006 on the EPD Tour and would have loved to do it again.”
Despite his brilliant round Kaymer’s 10-under par total left him seven shots behind the American Johnson, who still had five holes left to play. Kaymer nevertheless believed he had put himself in with a chance on the final day in a tournament he won here in 2011, his last European Tour win.