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Added June 17th, 2014 by Ian

Martin Kaymer goes wire to wire at U.S. Open

Golfer Martin Kaymer of Germany proved he’s no one-hit-wonder when he snagged the U.S. Open trophy at Pinehurst No. 2 on June 15. He won the title by eight shots and also set a 36-hole record along the way by opening the tournament shooting a pair of 65s. In addition, nobody got closer than four shots on him over the last 48 holes. The 29-year-old Kaymer shot a one-under 69 over the final round to beat second place Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton.

Kaymer led the tournament from start to finish and is now the seventh golfer to lead from wire to wire over the U.S. Open’s 114-year history. But just three of the other six finished the tournament under par. Compton said that it was impossible to catch Kaymer and everybody else was more or less playing for second place. Kaymer almost finished the tournament under par by double digits, but a late bogey derailed his chances. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are the only two golfers to finish a U.S. Open by at least 10-under par. Kaymer ended up with a nine-under par 271 for the event.

The German has now won the Players Championship and U.S. Open and is definitely the hottest golfer in the world as he never fell behind in any round of both of those tournaments. Nobody had ever opened a U.S. Open by shooting 65 in each of the first two rounds and that set a new 36-hole record which was set three years ago by McIlroy at the Congressional. Kaymer then shot 72 in the third round and 69 on the final day.

Henrik Stenson said the tournament was basically already over after the first two days as he left everybody in his dust after such a great start. Kaymer said the final round was the toughest, especially the first nine holes, since he was being chased by a couple of American golfers and playing in the U.S. He said he understands the why the crowd were pulling for Fowler and Compton, but the fans were still fair to him. He added that he had to focus the hardest on the final day as a five-stroke lead can quickly disappear if you don’t.

Compton pulled within four shots of the leader, when he had a birdie on the eighth hole, but that was as close as anybody would get as he hit a trio of bogeys in a stretch of five holes when he reached the back nine. He said he was thrilled with his second-place finish since Kaymer was in a world of his own during the event. Kaymer became the fourth European golfer to take the U.S. open in the past five years after Europeans had endured a 40-year winless streak at the tournament.

Kaymer was ranked number one in the world in February of 2011, but six weeks ago was all the way down to number 63. With the U.S. Open victory he’s now ranked at 11. There are still a couple of records that eluded Kaymer this weekend as Woods holds the U.S. Open record for margin of victory at 15 shots while McIlroy holds the record for finishing the event at 16-under par.

 
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