Charlie Riedel
June 16, 2014

BERLIN (AP) 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 was 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.

Some of 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. The German Olympic Sports Confederation also tweeted its congratulations.

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

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