MARANA, Ariz. -- Martin Kaymer threw an amusing, and yet entirely appropriate, observation on the table after winning his third-round match in the Accenture Match Play Championship on Friday.
He was looking ahead to Saturday's busy schedule, which, because of a distressing local weather forecast, is going to feature two matches instead of the previously scheduled one.
"Hopefully, it's going to be a long day for me," the 26-year-old said.
It could be a professionally rewarding one, too. Because the weather forceast prompted the semifinals to be moved up to Saturday, we'll know a day earlier whether the Germanator can supplant England's Lee Westwood as world No. 1.
All that Kaymer, who has won five times in the past 14 months, needs to do is advance to the match-play finale Sunday and he'll move up a peg from his No. 2 position when the new rankings are released Monday. He's the last of the tournament's four No. 1-seeded players still in the field. Westwood was dispatched in the second round.
"Obviously, yes, it's good for me when we talk about the world rankings," he said. "But I can just take care of my own. Here at this tournament, obviously it's one of the biggest we have all year, and to start off like this, to reach the fourth round, it's obviously nice.
"I had a good start this year already, and if I can get up one more spot in the world rankings, of course I wouldn't mind it. But I think I'll have a chance the next few weeks, months, as well."
He wouldn't mind it? Even for an understated personality like Kaymer, that's a low-key way of describing what's now within tantalizing reach. Saturday, he will play former Ryder Cup teammate Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is 20 years his senior.
Three matches down, two to go, and it could all add up to No. 1 by Saturday night for Kaymer the Climber.