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Martin Kaymer is looking for four Ryder Cup wins in four appearances this week
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“There is nothing bigger”: Martin Kaymer

Martin Kaymer may be looking to make it four wins out of four in The Ryder Cup this week but he does not think he will ever match the experience of holing the putt that retained the trophy at Medinah in 2012.

Europe went into the singles in Chicago trailing 10-6 but mounted the most remarkable comeback in Ryder Cup history, with Kaymer holing a putt on the 18th to defeat Steve Stricker and complete what became known as the Miracle at Medinah.

When the German hangs up his spikes, he will have many career highlights to reflect back on including a US PGA Championship, a US Open and a spell at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

He knows they are not what he will be remembered for, however, and he is happy to forever have a place in Ryder Cup history.

"There's nothing bigger," he said. "The Majors, it's kind of like a selfish win. I won it for myself, for my career, for my caddie. But The Ryder Cup putt includes hundreds of people.

"It's almost like in football where for some people, that is almost like a religion.

"I was very glad that I got that gift in 2012 to have the opportunity to make something amazing happen in my career that will never happen again. There's nothing to compare it with, not the US Open, not with any other Major.

"People definitely recognise my career more because of The Ryder Cup putt than any other tournament I ever won in my career."

Kaymer had to rely on a Captain's Pick to get on the plane to Hazeltine but that does not mean he arrived in Minnesota without some impressive form, having claimed seven top tens in his last 12 European Tour events.

As well as his impressive form, Kaymer's experience will undoubtedly have been a factor in his selection by Captain Darren Clarke, but the 31 year old does not feel he has a special role to play in a team that contains six rookies.

"We talked about pairings," he said. "I think Darren said it himself, that he's almost 100 per cent sure already who is going to play with whom, so we all kind of know what's happening, especially for Friday. The communication has been great. It's all fine. It's very clear. Very honest about things.

"I don't see myself as somebody who has to be a leader of a team just because it's my fourth time. Every player has their roles in the team and I think you always have to respect where everybody is and let them do what they do best and that's why the team is so strong, because everybody knows what they have to do.

"And that's why I think Darren, with the picks that he uses, they had a lot of thought behind them. So I think we should be fine for the week.

"If you care for each other and take your ego out and just play for the other 11 men it makes you very proud and therefore, there's such a good energy and a lot of strength.

"In the team room, in the hotel, on the golf course, we have very good chats, very open and honest and the team spirit is very, very strong."