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Kaymer's US Open success mostly ignored at home

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  • Martin Kaymer of Germany celebrates after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday. But did the Germans celebrate with him?

      Martin Kaymer of Germany celebrates after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday. But did the Germans celebrate with him?
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BERLIN -- Martin Kaymer's historic victory at the U.S. Open has been largely met by indifference in his homeland.

Kaymer became the first champion from Germany with an eight-shot victory on Sunday, but his success barely caused a ripple at home, where attention is firmly focused on football.

Germany opens its World Cup campaign against Portugal on Monday, meaning Kaymer's triumph could not have come at a worse time for attention. Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Brazil.

The congratulations he did receive even had a football-flavor.

Germany and former Cologne forward Lukas Podolski was one of the few to recognize Kaymer's "legendary performance" in a tweet.

Thankfully, the World Cup is only once every four years. Kaymer, a Cologne fan, will just have to do it again as defending champion.

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