Kaymer Wins US Open by Eight Strokes
They tried, they really did.
Members of the media, USGA officials, guys who had fallen off the pace, guys who were in the top 10, even Martin Kaymer himself tried to convince golf fans that the US Open was over before Sunday, even though he led by five strokes on Day 1, by eight on Day 2 and by six on Day 3.
In the end, it was simple math – Kaymer dominated Pinehurst No. 2, and nobody else was even close.
With a final round 69, Kaymer finished the tournament 9-under, winning his second Major, this one by a whopping eight strokes over Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler, who each finished 1-under par.
Neither Compton nor Fowler, who were both six strokes back entering Sunday, ever even made a move. Kaymer birdied No. 3 to up his lead to seven, and Fowler double bogeyed No. 4 to drop nine bck. Compton kept pace with a birdied on No. 5, but he bogeyed 7, 9 11, 12 and 15.
The two Americans still had a feather to stick in their respective caps; only those two and Kaymer finished under par for the entire tournament.
Sunday was far less dramatic than Kaymer’s first Major win, the 2010 PGA Championship in which he edged Bubba Watson in a three-hole playoff.
The German has now won two of the three Majors played on American soil before age 30. He is the first man to go wire to wire to win a Major since Rory McIlroy did so at the 2011 US Open; just the 25th man to ever do it.
Two of the best rounds of the final day allowed Keegan Bradley and Jason Day to climb up into a tie for fourth with Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson at 1-over. Bradley fired a 3-under 67, highlighted by an eagle 2 on No. 13. Had Bradley not melted down with a 76 on Saturday, he might have been able to pressure Kaymer, considering he shot a combined 5-under on the other three days.
Day shot a 2-under 68, his second 68 in three days. Defending champion Justin Rose ended up tied for 12th at 3-over with a 72 on the final day.
Oddsmaker favorites Jordan Spieth and McIlroy both faded significantly on Sunday. Spieth shot a 3-over 73 to finish at 4-over, and McIlory was 3-over as well to drop to +6.
Phil Mickelson, last year’s runner-up, dropped to +7.