Kaymer blitzes the field in US Open
GERMANY'S Martin Kaymer completed an overwhelming wire-to-wire US Open victory on Sunday to capture his second major golf title, grinding out a one-under par 69 to win by eight strokes at Pinehurst.
Former world No. 1 Kaymer, whose first major title came at the 2010 PGA Championship, finished 72 holes on nine-under 271, the second-lowest total in US Open history after Rory McIlroy's 268 in 2011.
Tiger Woods, who did not play this week, holds the biggest victory margin in the tournament. In 2000, the second-place finishers were 15 strokes behind him.
"It was probably the toughest day that I played golf," Kaymer said of his final-round effort. "I stayed aggressive and I played very brave."
Americans Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton shared second on 279 after each fired a final-round 72, but no one came within four strokes of Kaymer at any point in the final round. "No one was catching Kaymer this week," Compton said. "We all were playing for second."
The victory culminated a comeback for Kaymer, who struggled after his major triumph and went almost three years without a PGA win until last month's Players Championship.
"Martin was playing his own golf tournament," Fowler said. "To look at him, to see how well he controls his golf game, pushes me a little bit because I wasn't that far back."
Compton, twice a heart transplant recipient and playing in only his second major, achieved his best PGA finish and took home US$789,330 (S$987,400), more than his best prior season and almost as much as in his prior 19 starts this year combined.
"For me to do this at such a high level is just as good a feeling as winning," said Compton, who received his first new heart at age 12 in 1992 and underwent a second transplant in 2008.