Congratulations to 2005 Spirit Player Martin Kaymer. Wire to wire victory at Pinehurst and major Championship #2.
By Ron Driscoll, USGA
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Martin Kaymer of Germany shot a final-round 69 to complete a dominating eight-stroke victory on Sunday in the 2014 U.S. Open Championship on Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2.
Kaymer became the eighth U.S. Open champion to win wire to wire without being tied, a feat most recently accomplished by Rory McIlroy in 2011 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Kaymer finished at 9-under-par 271, defeating Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler, who tied for second at 1-under 279.
En route to his second major championship, Kaymer broke McIlroy’s 36-hole U.S. Open scoring record from 2011 with rounds of 65-65. Kaymer, the 2010 PGA champion, is the fourth player from Europe to win the U.S. Open in the past five years, joining Graeme McDowell (2010) and McIlroy from Northern Ireland, and Justin Rose (2013) from England. Webb Simpson (2012) is the lone winner from the U.S. in that span, after American players had dominated the championship for the previous several decades, winning 72 of the previous 82 championships.