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Golf: Martin Kaymer's US Open success barely registers in football-mad Germany

Published on Jun 17, 2014 8:51 PM
Martin Kaymer's success at the US Open has barely registered in football-mad Germany, after the national team's 4-0 World Cup win over Portugal. -- PHOTO:  AFP

(REUTERS) - As Germans celebrated a 4-0 World Cup win over Portugal and welcome news regarding the health of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, one major sports story appears to have gone largely unnoticed - a first US Open golf title.

Martin Kaymer's eight-stroke victory in North Carolina on Sunday was greeted with widespread praise within golfing circles, but the 29-year-old's runaway triumph barely registered in football-mad Germany as the World Cup kicked off in Brazil.

"I feel nothing about his win... no sorrow, no happiness," said Berlin accountancy firm employee Anne Ihle, adding that Kaymer's victory had been "buried" in an avalanche of news about Germany's bid to end an 18-year football title drought.

It was "bad timing", said Christian Hansel, a 38-year-old product manager, who is not a golf fan but does remember Bernhard Langer, who along with Kaymer is the only other German to have won two Majors, with Masters titles in 1985 and 1993.

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