Martin Kaymer is excited at the prospect of taking on former
world number one Tiger Woods at next month's Abu Dhabi Championship, the German
Both golfers will start their 2012 seasons at the January
26-29 European Tour event and Kaymer said the 14-times major winner's decision
to make his debut at the tournament would add extra spice to proceedings.
"It's good for Tiger he's playing in Abu Dhabi and when
I saw the news it was exciting," the 2010 US PGA winner said.
Kaymer, who is also a former world number one, has had
something of a grip on the Abu Dhabi event in recent years, lifting the trophy
in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
"It's great for the region that Tiger is playing
because he has played many times in Dubai and won the Desert Classic,"
said the 26-year-old. "Lee Westwood and myself played with Tiger for two
rounds in the Desert Classic this year and it was fun and hopefully I will get
paired with him again in Abu Dhabi.
"It is one of the great tournaments we have on the
European Tour schedule so it's brilliant he's coming back over to this part of
the world," added the fourth-ranked Kaymer.
"Tiger's appearance will add that little bit of extra
spice and to see him win his own event [Chevron World Challenge] in California
last week was special.
"Everyone is pleased he has broken that long drought of
not winning. It was just a matter of time," he said of world number 21
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