Now he's in perfect position to win a U.S. Open, which would likely be bigger news over here than over there. Right now, Germany has the World Cup, not Kaymer, on its national mind.
"Well, I'm actually glad that Germany starts on Monday," Kaymer said. "That's the first game, so maybe I get a little bit of some -- how do you say it? -- like, some things in the newspapers about me. ... I think golf, it's not important, but not much I can do."
He could win the United States Open. How about that? How would that go over in Deutschland?
"If I win?" Kaymer said. "It will last probably until Monday, 12 o'clock, and then that's it."
Noon Monday -- when Germany-Portugal begins.
That's about it for Kaymer looking ahead. The former No. 1-ranked player in the world said he doesn't have a Saturday score in mind "because you try to reach them, instead of going out there and being equal, being neutral, just play."
Kaymer will just play. He won't worry about history, about the leaderboard, about Germany's reaction.
"I just wait for what the afternoon will do," he said.
So do we. And so does everybody who's chasing him.