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Eight-shot spread seals Kaymer’s U.S. Open triumph

Final Round – United States Golf Association – 114th U.S. Open –Pinehurst Resort No. 2 – Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina–

After opening up the week 65-65, Martin Kaymer set his game into cruise control and Sunday captured the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 by eight shots.

Kaymer shot 1-under-69 to finish 9-under overall and was never really challenged in the final round as he added the U.S. Open to his Players Championship he nabbed last month. The 29-year-old German was one of just three players to shoot under par.

Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton finished T-2 at 1-under for the week. A host of pre-tournament favorites ended up T-4 at 1-over including Keegan Bradley, who shot 69 Sunday, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Henrik Stenson.

With a 69 in the final round, World No. 1 Adam Scott logged a T-9 finish – his first Top 10 in a U.S. Open.

A 35-to-1 pre-tournament betting selection at www.skybet.com, Kaymer added his second career major this week. He won the PGA Championship in 2010 and reached No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The eight-shot win the fourth largest triumph in U.S. Open history.

Phil Mickelson’s quest for the career Grand Slam ended with a T-28. He never challenged this week and has yet to record a Top 10 in the 2014 PGA Tour season.

Other Golf News:

  • Kaymer became only the eighth player to win the U.S. Open wire-to-wire without ties. He has three victories in America – two majors and a Players title.
  • The European Tour returns to action next week at the Irish Open. The field is slated to feature former U.S. Open champions Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.
  • International-born players have won five of the last six U.S. Open titles.
  • Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, is rumored to be shutting it down for the 2014 season. He has missed a number of cuts this year and may just need some down time to retool his game and passion. He has one year remaining on his current PGA Tour playing status.
  • The 143rd Open Championship is the next major on the calendar for men’s golf. Royal Liverpool Golf Club in England hosts the tournament July 17-20. Mickelson is the defending champion.
  • The USGA hosts the U.S Women’s Open next week at Pinehurst No. 2.