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US Open countdown: Martin Kaymer goes wire to wire for his second major title

114th U.S. Open/June 12-15, 2014

Pinehurst Resort Course No. 2, Pinehurst, N.C.

Leaderboard

Martin Kaymer, Germany 65 - 65 - 72 - 69 271
Erik Compton, United States 72 - 68 - 67 - 72 279
Rickie Fowler, United States 70 - 70 - 67 - 72 279
Keegan Bradley, United States 69 - 69 - 76 - 67 281
Jason Day, Australia 73 - 68 - 72 - 68 281
Dustin Johnson, United States 69 - 69 - 70 - 73 281
Brooks Koepka, United States 70 - 68 - 72 - 71 281
Henrik Stenson, Sweden 69 - 69 - 70 - 73 281

Martin Kaymer does not grab you like the other stars of golf, but he became a multiple major winner at Pinehurst No. 2.

Maybe it’s because he is quiet and unassuming, much like fellow German Bernhard Langer. And maybe it’s because one week he can be very off and miss the cut, and the next week he can do what he did at this national open.

He left the field in his wake.

Kaymer’s back-to-back 65s to open the U.S. Open not only gave him a large enough cushion over the rest of the golfers, but it also was a 36-hole championship record (130).

And while pursuers Erik Compton, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day got within four shots of the lead at different junctures of the weekend, Kaymer just never allowed drama to seep back into the tournament.

Only a missed 15-foot putt for par on the finishing hole prevented Kaymer (9-under 271) from joining Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as the only golfers to finish a national open at double digits under par.

He became just the seventh golfer to go wire to wire to win a U.S. Open.

“It’s tough to explain how everything worked out,” Kaymer told reporters afterward. “I didn’t make any mistakes, and I played good golf.”

With his U.S. Open triumph, Kaymer joined Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els, Woods and McIlroy as the only players to win two majors and hold the No. 1 ranking before turning 30.

Next up: The debut of Chambers Bay in 2015.

todd.milles@thenewstribune.com

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