Putter ban: Martin Kaymer backs putter ban and targets slow play

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 21/05/13 7:17pm

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Martin Kaymer is another player happy to see the ban on anchored putters confirmed, and wants the lawmakers to target slow play next on their hit-list.

The German former world No 1 is happy to see the R&A and the USGA confirm their intentions to ban anchored putters from 2016, a decision which most players seem to agree with.

Kaymer says that now the decision has been taken everyone should just get on with playing within the rules, and hopes that slow play is next on the agenda.

"I'm happy that the topic is off the table, we've talked about it for over a year now and I'm just glad that we don't need to talk about it anymore," Kaymer told Sky Sports News.

"It's not like you pick up that putter and make more putts otherwise you'd see everyone using it - you still have to practice with it to become good.

"Now it would be interesting to look at slow play, it's unbelievable sometimes how slow players are and I think we should push that topic for sure."

Kaymer is at Wentworth for the BMW PGA Championship, and for the first time since Medinah all 12 Ryder Cup stars will be in action in the same event.

That will add even more spice to the European Tour's flagship event, and Kaymer says it is a special week at Wentworth.

"I played well last week in Dallas and finished top five - it was a very important week for me. I've been playing well but the results haven't really showed on my scorecard and it was getting frustrating.

"Last week was difficult at the weekend and I handled it very well. Leading into this week you want to come into Wentworth with confidence and I played nicely last so I feel very happy to be back here.

"I haven't been in Europe for four months so I was very happy to get on that plane to come back.

"The flare of the place is great. We have the gala dinner and presentation for the Ryder Cup players so the whole thing is a special week for us and important to support it. I'm very glad that all the Ryder Cup players came over and not just five or six."

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