Kaymer the Million Dollar man

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Updated: December 2, 2012

Martin Kaymer walked away with a cool $1.25 million and his first tournament win for 2012 when he won the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City by 2 shots over Charl Schwartzel.

The German survived a late wobble as he shot a final round three-under-par 69 to finish with a total eight-under-par total of 280 with South African Charl Schwartzel claiming the runner’s-up spot.

Kaymer, who started the day with a one-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen, made a bogey at the 15th hole which gave Schwartzel a sniff as he reduced the lead to one shot, but he eventually prevailed by two shots as the South African dropped a shot at the 17th.

Although he played a starring role in Europe’s Ryder Cup success earlier this year, the win at the Gary Player Country Club was Kaymer’s first this season and he admitted he was nervous.

Schwartzel finished at six-under after a 69 with American Bill Haas another three shots adrift. Oosthuizen had a nightmare day as his 74 saw him finish fourth on two-under.

Defending champion Lee Westwood also had a day to forget as the Englishman carded a 73 to finish at one-under with second-round leader Paul Lawrie in sixth place.