Ponte Vedra Beach: 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 nervy one-shot victory at the Players Championship on Sunday.
The German, co-leader overnight with 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 challenging TPC Sawgrass.
Kaymer, whose previous win on the US circuit came with his play-off success at the 2010 PGA Championship, nervously parred the last three holes in gathering gloom to post a 13-under total of 275.
The 29-year-old from Dusseldorf lined up a par putt from just under four feet on the 18th green, stroked the ball into the cup and then looked heavenwards in relief before pumping his right fist in celebration.
Adam Scott fell well short in his bid to become world No. 1 for the first time this week, closing with a 73 that included three bogeys and two birdies.
When the Australian signed his card, he was in a tie for 39th, having needed to finish no worse than joint 16th to have a chance of dislodging the absent Tiger Woods from the top spot.
“It’s very special for me,” Kaymer told Golf Channel. “It is always very difficult to come back after a little (weather) break.
“Obviously you see the leaderboard, you see where you are. The first 14 holes, I played really, really well. And then you are really disappointed when they called it (halted play).”