June 15, 2014
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Martin Kaymer won his second major championship at the 2014 U.S. Open. (Getty Images/Ross Kinnaird)
PINEHURST, N.C. -- Martin Kaymer could only look up and laugh after he made his 10-foot par putt on the U.S. Open's final hole, completing the kind of week one can only dream about. He dominated wire-to-wire at Pinehurst No. 2 en route to winning his second major championship.
Kaymer shot 1-under 69 on Sunday to win by eight shots, finishing four rounds at 9-under 271 (65-65-72-69). Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler finished second.
Kaymer capped it off with a par that was reminiscent of the one made by Payne Stewart to win the 1999 U.S. Open. Kaymer had to lay up after drawing a tough lie in the native area right of the 18th fairway. He made his par putt after wedging to 10 feet.
Kaymer took command early in the tournament, leading by three strokes after the first round, six shots at the midway point and five shots at the completion of 54 holes. His consecutive 65s set the U.S. Open record for low score over the opening two rounds. He also held at least a share of the lead after each round at THE PLAYERS Championship.
"I didn't make many mistakes," Kaymer said. "I played very solid the first two days and it gave me a nice cushion. ... The challenge was to keep on. Your body tells you you should take it easy and I overcame it."
He becomes the first person to win THE PLAYERS Championship and U.S. Open in the same season. This is the 29-year-old's second major title; he also won the 2010 PGA Championship.
Kaymer started the final round with a five-shot lead over Fowler and Compton. Both players shot 72 on Sunday to finish second.
"He was playing his own tournament," said Fowler, who joined Kaymer in Sunday's final group.
The top four finishers earn invitations to next year’s Masters, ensuring Compton his first invitation to Augusta National.
"It's just a real special moment," Compton said.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are the only other players to have a victory at THE PLAYERS, a World Golf Championship and multiple major victories. Kaymer also matches childhood idol Bernhard Langer with his second major championship.
Kaymer was No. 1 in the world from Feb. 28 to April 24, 2011, a span of eight weeks. He went into a slump shortly after as he tried to implement swing changes. Kaymer's PLAYERS win in May was his first victory in a full-field event since the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in November 2011.
"It shouldn't sound cocky or arrogant, but I knew it would come back," Kaymer said. "I didn't know it would take this long. I feel like I am a more complete player."
He showed it at the U.S. Open.