Ryder Cup stars hit pay dirt after long wait for victories

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Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell tasted team success at September’s Ryder Cup, but the former major winners have had to wait a long time for individual glory this year.
That ended last Sunday as former world No. 1 Kaymer clinched his first tournament win since November 2011 and McDowell posted his first victory since 2010 in another exhibition tournament.
“I’m very happy to finally win this year, that was the most important thing for me because I was practicing very hard,” Kaymer said after landing the 1.25 million dollars first prize at the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.
“I played very well the last few weeks and months, but it just did not happen for me on the golf course.”
Rory McIlroy capped a sensational year with victory at the Dubai World Championship on Sunday. The Northern Irishman won five tournaments in 2012, including his second major, topped the money list on both the PGA and European Tours and ended the season as the world’s No. 1 player.

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