Glory for Kaymer as Westwood fades
German Martin Kaymer continued his brilliant form by winning the Dunhill Links Championship as his Ryder Cup team mate Lee Westwood missed the chance to top the world rankings.
Kaymer fired a six-under-par 66 to claim his third European Tour title in a row while Ryder Cup colleague Westwood, needing a top-two finish to end the Woods reign which now stretches to 279 consecutive weeks, struggled to a 73 and finished tied 11th.
Westwood troubled by a calf problem during the tournament said he planned to take about a month off in order to let the injured muscle fully heal.
The last European to win three PGA Tour events in a row was former world number one Nick Faldo in 1989 and Kaymer's triumph lifted him to fourth in the world rankings.
He birdied the closing two holes to finish three strokes clear of Briton Danny Willett with overnight leader John Parry third after a double-bogey at the 14th derailed his title bid.
Defending champion Simon Dyson closed with a 66 and a share of fifth place.
Since winning the US PGA Championship in August, Kaymer has won the Dutch Open, been a member of Europe's winning Ryder Cup team, and now managed a first success at the Home of Golf.
"It was always one of my dreams to win here at St. Andrews," Kaymer said.
" I can still remember my first day I came out here when I was an amateur and walking down the first hole, walking over the bridge, all of those things, they felt very special to me.
"So it was very, very special for me to win here today, in the Home of Golf."
England's Willett moved to 19th on the Race to Dubai money list by finishing second on 14-under par. The 23-year old eagled the par-five 14th on route to a final-round 67.