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Kaymer’s wire-to-wire run at U.S. Open takes shape

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

Germany’s Martin Kaymer heads into the final round of the 114th U.S. Open with an opportunity to win the championship in wire-to-wire fashion.

At 8-under overall, Kaymer holds a five-shot lead over Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton with 18 holes to play at the Donald Ross-designed Pinehurst No. 2. A victory for Kaymer would make him the first player to win THE PLAYERS, which he won on Mother’s Day, and then the U.S. Open on Father’s Day.

He would also be only the eighth player to win the U.S. Open wire-to-wire without ties.

A difficult layout is expected on Sunday. In round three, only two breaks managed to break par (Fowler and Compton). Those two did it without being under the gun of final-pairings pressure.

Fowler and Kaymer tee off in the final pair at 3:35 p.m. local time. Early reports have Pinehurst No. 2 set-up to allow for more birdies in the final round.

Kaymer, 28th in the Official World Golf Ranking, was a 35-to-1 pre-tournament betting selection at www.skybet.com. He already has a major title winning the PGA Championship in 2010 and has made pressure putts in big moments including a Ryder Cup clincher.

Others are still in the mix, considering many big leads have vanished just this year on the PGA Tour, and especially in major championships.

World No. 2 Henrik Stenson is part of a group at 2-under and six back. He leads the field in Greens In Regulation (GIR) this week. A hot putter could produce a round in the mid-to-high 60s. Dustin Johnson is also tied for 4th place.

Brandt Snedeker, who is tied with Kaymer for most birdies this week with 12, is alone in sixth place at 1-under. He is just one of six players under par heading into the final round.

International players have won four of the last five U.S. Open titles. Thanks to large fairways and a solid putter, don’t expect Kaymer to shoot 78 in the final round. Someone will have to challenge with an historic round to knock out the German.

Other Golf News:

  • Brendon Todd played in the final pairing Saturday with Kaymer after opening with 69-67. The winner of the HP Byron Nelson in May struggled in round three carding a 79.
  • Kaymer is T-9 this week in GIR and 4th in Fairways hit (35 of 42).
  • World No. 1 Adam Scott is looking for first career Top 10 at the U.S. Open. He is T-16 at 3-over heading into Sunday.
  • Matt Kuchar, tied for 7th with Kevin Na and Brookes Koepka, eyes his second Top 10 at the U.S. Open in his career in 12 tries. He has nine Top 10s on the PGA Tour in 2014.