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May 11. 2014 8:26PM

Kaymer hangs on

Kaymer hangs on to win PGA Players Championship


Martin Kaymer tees off on the ninth hole during the final round of The Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Sunday. Kaymer won the tournament by a shot. (USA TODAY Sports)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Martin Kaymer withstood an early challenge by Jordan Spieth, a weather delay and a late wobble to clinch his second PGA Tour title with a one-shot victory at the Players Championship on Sunday.

The German, co-leader overnight with his American playing partner Spieth, produced rock-solid golf to move briefly four strokes clear, then survived a double-bogey on 15 as he closed with a one-under-par 71 at the TPC Sawgrass.

Kaymer, whose previous win on the U.S. circuit came at the highest level with his playoff success at the 2010 PGA Championship, nervously parred the last three holes in gathering gloom to post a 13-under total of 275.

Spieth, at 20 aiming to become the youngest champion at the prestigious PGA Tour event widely regarded as the unofficial fifth major, briefly led by one shot early on in the final round before fading to a 74 and a tie for fourth at 10 under.

Veteran American Jim Furyk signed off with a flawless six-birdie 66 to secure outright second place at 12 under, one stroke better than Spaniard Sergio Garcia (70).


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