US Open 2014: The Biggest Takeaways from Pinehurst

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US Open 2014: The Biggest Takeaways from Pinehurst
Gerry Broome/Associated Press
The memory of Payne Stewart was everywhere at the the U.S. Open this week.

The 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 created a great deal of discussion in the months leading up to it, a lot of that because of how the men were going to be the front end of a doubleheader with the women's Open following it the next week.

And while Martin Kaymer blew the field away in the first two days with his back-to-back rounds of 65, there were still plenty of storylines that will be remembered for a long time.

Stories like Kaymer's dominating performance, Erik Compton's gutsy showing and another disappointing week for Phil Mickelson.

Here's a list of five of the biggest takeaways from a memorable week in Pinehurst.

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