Former U.S. PGA champion, Martin Kaymer is planning to visit the infamous Alcatraz prison ahead of next month’s U.S. Open in San Francisco.
The German has never been to the Golden Gate City so the host Olmypic course will be a first for the 27-year old Kaymer.
The Olympic Club will be the first of three new Major venues not only for Kaymer but for the likes of current World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and many others set to tee up in the June 14th commencing U.S. Open.
“I haven’t been to Olympic, Royal Lytham or Kiawah Island so it’s going to be all new to me,” said Kaymer.
“I am going to go over to San Francisco a bit early. My brother and I will fly over from Scottsdale to San Francisco maybe the weekend before. I want to go and visit Alcatraz and see some of the other parts of the city.
“I will probably go there on Friday or Saturday and then play Olympic on the weekend when it’s fairly quite and not that many people around.”
And while Kaymer reigned supreme at Whistling Straits in 2010 it is golf’s oldest Major Championship that the present World No. 11 believes he stands a better chance of joining the Rodman Wanamaker Trophy.
“I am really looking forward to the British Open this year as it’s always been my favourite Major,” he said.
“It is different golf to most of the other venues we play. You really need to be on your game. It’s not standard golf shots that you have to hit. So that is what I like and I see myself having the best chances at the British Open.”
However for this week Kaymer begins his quest for a first BMW PGA crown teeing off at 12.50pm local time Thursday in the company of the reigning British Open champion, Darren Clarke.
Joining Kaymer and Clarke is 2010 Masters winning hero, Charl Schwartzel.