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Martin Kaymer holds on to claim Players Championship at Sawgrass

updated 8:45 PM EDT, Sun May 11, 2014
Martin Kaymer blows on his golf ball at TCP Sawgrass.
Martin Kaymer blows on his golf ball at TCP Sawgrass.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Martin Kaymer wins at TCP Sawgrass after dramatic final days play
  • German won by one stroke from Jim Furyk
  • Rain delay meant Kaymer was playing in the dark by the time he finished his round

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(CNN) -- Martin Kaymer overcame adverse weather and fading light to secure his first tour triumph since 2011 at The Players Championship at TCP Sawgrass.

The 29-year-old German was on the 14th green and three shots ahead of second-placed Jim Furyk at 15-under-par when play was suspended due to heavy rain and thunder late on Sunday.

A double bogey on the 15th when play resumed 90 minutes later, however, made for a tense finish.

But Kaymer held par and his nerve with a monster putt on the 17th, a score he matched at the 18th as darkness descended to secure a 13-under-par one shot victory.

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"It was difficult to come back after a little break," he told Sky Sports as he reached the clubhouse.

"You are really disappointed when they call it ... and then you're a little cold."

"I made a couple of wrong decisions on 15 and 16 but what a putt on 17."

Kaymer had golf's led "fifth major" all week having carded a record equaling round of 63 on Thursday.

But he was clawed back by the young American, Jordan Spieth, on Saturday and the pair started level on Sunday at 13-under-par.

Spieth, who lit up the Masters where he finished in a tie for second earlier this year, had not dropped a shot all week on the challenging TPC Sawgrass course but came unstuck at the fifth hole Sunday where he carded his first bogey.

The 20-year-old Texan then dropped two further shots on the eighth and the tenth and appeared to grow frustrated as the day wore on, falling away to finish in a tie for fourth with England's Justin Rose.

Furyk was coolness personified by comparison, shooting six birdies in a round of 66 to move into second place give himself a chance at 12-under-par as Kaymer headed back out onto the course.

Alas, it was not to be as Kaymer held his nerve to take the TCP glass trophy and $1.8 million first prize.

Spieth's disappointing final round meant Spain's Sergio Garcia was able to sneak into third position with a birdie at the last.

Elsewhere, Adam Scott failed to overtake Tiger Woods atop the world rankings after a final round of 73 ensured he finished outside the top 30.

The Australian required at least a top 16 finish to become world No. 1 this week but will now likely claim the top spot next week without playing due to the way the rankings are calculated.

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