The 2014 Players Championship, also known as the year's fifth major, certainly lived up to its billing Sunday.
In a dramatic twilight finish, Martin Kaymer held off clubhouse leader Jim Furyk to notch his first victory of the season.
Martin Kaymer wins THE PLAYERS Championship, his 2nd career PGA TOUR win. Kaymer takes home $1.8 million.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 12, 2014
Here's how the final leaderboard looked:
Kaymer got off to a fast start at TPC Sawgrass, recording a 63 and 69 Thursday and Friday. The weekend was more challenging for the German, as he posted a 72 Saturday and a 71 Sunday.
Still, it was good enough for the win.
Here's a look at the payouts for each of the tournament's top players:
It was really Kaymer's week. He took home the biggest check after a trying final round.
He began Sunday looking steady as ever, notching two birdies and seven pars on the front nine for a two-under 34. Continuing that pace on the back nine, he birdied the par-five 11th hole after a great up and down from a greenside bunker.
Take a look at his phenomenal short game:
His hot streak wouldn't last forever, as a devastating double bogey at the par-four 15th brought him back to just one stroke better than Furyk.
The difficult par-three 17th island green almost got the best of Kaymer as well. However, his winding 28-foot par putt would be a huge factor in his win.
Here'a a look at his flawless stroke:
Simply incredible. Kaymer went on to par the 18th hole just as the sun was setting to earn the one-stroke victory.
Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel tweeted Kaymer's two very impressive PGA Tour victories:
Martin Kaymer has a Players title to go with his PGA Championship. His only 2 PGA TOUR wins are impressive.— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) May 12, 2014
Kaymer certainly felt the same way during his post-round press conference, according to a tweet from The Players:
"This pretty much means I won another major... At least on my books." -'14 Champ Martin Kaymer pic.twitter.com/vaAgmVMb2f— THE PLAYERS (@THEPLAYERSChamp) May 12, 2014
This tournament was just another near miss for Furyk; he recently finished in second at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Furyk's bogey-free round Sunday was almost good enough to force a playoff. He was on point all day, firing darts at pin locations throughout the course.
This approach to the par-four 10th really sums up his day:
Unfortunately, the same could not be said for 20-year-old Jordan Spieth.
Entering the day in the final pairing and tied for the lead, he had yet to record a single blemish on his scorecard through 54 holes.
That all changed Sunday.
His five bogeys overshadowed his three birdies on the day for a final round of 74 which dropped him to a tie for fourth place.
Despite his disappointing Sunday, this young player shows plenty of promise. His maturity, smooth swing and prowess around the greens bodes well for what should be a very bright future on the PGA Tour.
Spieth's name is already well known in PGA circles. Kaymer was excited to play the final round with Spieth, according to a tweet from The Players:
"It was a lot of pressure from very early on and it was exciting to play with @JordanSpieth"— THE PLAYERS (@THEPLAYERSChamp) May 12, 2014
Many of these players will now shift their focus to the HP Byron Nelson Championship beginning May 15 at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas.