Nov
30
2010
Kaymer Ditches Tiger’s Event to Loop for Girlfriend at Q-School
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Martin Kaymer: World's No. 3 golfer to looper

Some criticized Martin Kaymer for withdrawing from the Chevron World Challenge, hosted by Tiger Woods, after he won the European Tour’s money title, particularly since he gave no reason. Naturally, it was easy to jump to the conclusion that Kaymer’s pockets were too heavy to play in an event all the way in California. But yesterday, Golf365.com’s Matt Cooper noticed that the world No. 3’s girlfriend Alison Micheletti was playing as an amateur in LET Q-school.

And today, thanks to a story on the LET website via Golf365.com, our instincts were right! — Kaymer surprised Alison with his arrival. (Cue for the ladies, including yours truly, to go, “Awww.” In fact, he may be my new favorite player)

The world No.3 arrived in Spain from the Dubai World Championship to surprise his American girlfriend, whom he joined for dinner in the bar on Monday evening.

Golf’s hot couple was then spotted walking the fairways together, with the US PGA champion Kaymer carrying Micheletti’s bag.

Rebecca Hudson (@BecsHudson) tweeted prior to Tuesday’s second round: “Martin Kaymer is caddying for his girlfriend at Pre-Qualifying. Hope he gets the yardages ok!!”

He seemed to be doing a sterling job as amateur Micheletti’s score improved dramatically in the second round.

Kaymer’s presence was definitely a positive for Micheletti. She shot 76, 13 strokes better than the day before.

Call me a hopeless romantic, but Kaymer’s surprise is one of the most thoughtful gestures I’ve heard of in a while.