Kaymer dominates Pinehurst
A 15-foot putt for par on the 18th hole at Pinehurst No. 2 capped off a dominating performance by Martin Kaymer at the 114th U.S. Open.
"It's quite tough to put it into words right now," Kaymer said. "But the first five, six holes were very crucial for me to get off to a start well into the final round, not the way I did yesterday. And I was 1-under par after five holes, almost 2-under par, but I wasn't. So for me it was very important to stay five shots ahead, the way I started the day, that I stay five shots ahead going into the back nine. And that is what I did and so it was a very important birdie for me on 9. So overall, what should I say? (I'm) Very happy."
Kaymer became just the seventh player in history to lead the U.S. Open wire-to-wire. He was also just one of three players to finish the tournament under par after shooting 9-under 271 for the weekend. Kaymer is also the first player from the continental Europe to win a U.S. Open.
The only two other players to finish under par were Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler. Compton and Fowler finished tied for second at 1-under par. But the bigger story for Compton was the fact that he was even able to compete in the tournament. Compton is a two-time heart transplant recipient and has now qualified for his first Masters appearance in 2015.
"Today I hit the ball extremely well," Compton said. "I didn't have my best stuff on the greens. I was watching the leaderboard, seeing what some of the guys were doing. I knew we were playing for second. I had my opportunities to put a little heat on him and I got it to 4-under, then I made a bogey. But all in all, finishing second, the up-and-down I made on 18, just makes the whole week really, really sweet."
Fowler entered the final round five strokes behind Kaymer at 3-under par. However, with three bogeys and double bogey in the round, there was no chance at catching Kaymer.
"I knew Martin was playing well and he was going to be tough to catch," said Fowler. "I figured I would have to go out and shoot a couple under on the front nine and at least put a little bit of heat on him. That was kind of stopped quickly when I made a quick double there on 4. So I was kind of thrown behind the 8-ball quickly and kind of rallied back and kept moving forward.
"Obviously he gave himself quite a big cushion after the first two days and kind of hung around yesterday. He's a very deserving champion this week."
The historic Pinehurst No. 2 was no match for Kaymer. The German dominated from the beginning to claim his second career major championship.