US Open 2014 Pinehurst Martin Kaymer
Posted at June 16, 2014
Martin Kaymer reigns supreme at Pinehurst and seals a wire-to-wire US Open victory!
Martin Kaymer is your US Open champion for 2014, and what a worthy champion he is. Leading from day one with a superb 65, Kaymer proved it was no fluke by posting the same again on Friday to break records and hold an incredible six shot lead over the rest of the field at the halfway stage. His dominant performance emulated the achievements of Rory McIlroy (Congressional, 2011) and Tiger Woods (Pebble Beach, 2000) and the ice-cool German managed to close out the 114th playing of the US Open Championship with two final rounds of 72 and 69 - mustering up the fourth largest winning margin in US Open history, matching Rory McIlroy in doing so.
There was little hope for anyone else at the start of play on Saturday, and most acknowledged that fact. The USGA, perplexed by Kaymer's shredding of the Pinehurst No 2 course over the first two days, would ensure that repeating his impressive opening rounds would be nigh on impossible through quickening the greens and testing pin positions - meaning that only an exceptional fall from grace would give anyone even the faintest hope of catching Kaymer. That never happened though; Erik Compton was the only man to get within four shots of Kaymer over the weekend and even that only lasted for the duration of a single hole on Sunday.
In fact, Compton's story almost stole the limelight from his fellow Hugo Boss star. It is a story that only the most avid of golf fans will have known about - Compton's T2 finish at the US Open has come six years after he received a second heart transplant, then aged just 28 years old. A miraculous story which has gained him the respect and admiration of his peers and the viewing public; it is fair to say that his performance at the US Open was a more than adequate side-show to Martin Kaymer's eight stroke victory.
And what of Rickie Fowler? The Puma star from California has stayed true to his promise of contending the majors and, since working with Butch Harmon, Rickie has managed to accumulate T5 and T2 finishes at the US Masters and the US Open along with that impressive 3rd place finish at the WGC Accenture Match Play back in February. He's playing solid golf and was one of only three men to finish below par at Pinehurst - posting (-1) which could so easily have been a winning score any other year. Playing alongside Kaymer in the final group yesterday can only have done his confidence and game mentality a world of good, meanwhile the next major of the year will be held at Hoylake, Royal Liverpool - a typical Open Championship links course which is an environment which Rickie Fowler will thrive in.
These two second-place finishers have provided two headline-making stories, but there is no doubting who the real star-performer was across the whole week. Martin Kaymer is a solid golfer, with a consistent swing and an even greater short game, but it all comes at a cost. Blood, sweat and tears has gone into reaching this position after Kaymer reshaped his swing back in 2012, while he was world number one, and only now is he beginning to reap the rewards. The 2011 PGA Champion has now won his second career major but even in that cauldron of tension and pressure that a US Open final day can throw up, Kaymer's warm personality still shone through when he consoled (or congratulated) his compatriot Rickie Fowler at the fourth, who sunk a 20 foot putt to 'save' double bogey at the fourth. He has returned to the very, very top of the game - and the game is all the better for it.
Martin Kaymer is a proven machine of the finest German mechanics but at the same time, he has the sportsmanship and modesty of the highest level which has won him many new fans from across the world this week at Pinehurst. Martin Kaymer wears Hugo Boss golf clothing, which you can find all online right here at Golfposer.