Kaymer targets return to form
German looking for positive showing to boost confidence
Last Updated: September 5, 2012 3:49pm
Martin Kaymer: The German won the KLM Open in Holland two years ago and is looking for a repeat
Martin Kaymer is hoping this week's KLM Open in Holland, scene of one of his past victories, will spark a return to form ahead of the Ryder Cup.
The 27-year-old emerged triumphant at the tournament two years ago during a purple patch which saw him win four successive events.
"I have changed a few things in my swing and so you adapt a little and play a little more controlled, and not as free. I would never say that was a wrong decision though, because I grew as a player."
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The German won the USPGA Championship and was part of Europe's successful Ryder Cup team in 2010 and his success in Holland came sandwiched in between.
His form has slipped since then but he believes he is close to returning to his full potential after making subtle changes to his game in recent weeks.
"Two years ago it was a period of time when I played incredibly well," he told the European Tour's website.
"I played four events and I won them all in a row, with the third being the Ryder Cup.
"It was a really, really good time where you don't think about anything. You step on the first tee on the Thursday morning and you know the score you have to shoot to raise the trophy.
"I have changed a few things in my swing and so you adapt a little and play a little more controlled, and not as free. So you lose a bit of distance as well. I would never say that was a wrong decision though, because I grew as a player."
Home comforts for Luiten
Dutchman Joost Luiten, whose solitary win on the European Tour came at the Iskandar Johor Open last November, is relishing performing in front of a home crowd at Hilversum.
"It's always a week we look forward to as Dutch players," he said. "There is always a lot of attention for us. It is a great week with a lot of spectators and I always hope to play well in this event."
Luiten, 26, finished sixth in the KLM Open last year and is hoping for another good performance this time around.
He added: "I like the course. I did well here last year and finished sixth, but I just love playing in front of the home crowd.
"They are always behind the Dutch players and it would be nice to do well for them. Hopefully my game is in good shape and I can perform well for them."