The result may never have been in doubt. Martin Kaymer is your 2014 U.S. Open champion.
Kaymer became just the seventh player in PGA history to lead from wire-to-wire at the U.S. Open Championship. He set the stage with back-to-back 65s on the first two days of the tournament at Pinehurst No. 2, a course record, then shot a human two-over on Moving Day to take a five shot lead into Sunday.
The rest of the pack was not able to challenge. Kaymer was the only contender who posted an under-par performance on Sunday, with a 69. He finished the tournament with an eight shot lead over Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, who tied for second at one under par.
Though the championship title was a one-man affair, Pinehurst did provide some drama in the group chasing Kaymer. The feel-good story of the weekend was double-heart transplant recipient Compton. His third-place finish was good enough to earn him an invite to next year's Masters.
Kaymer's U.S. Open win comes on Father's Day, just a month after he gutted out a one-shot win at the Players Championship on Mother's Day. The 29-year-old German is making an impressive return to form—his last important win before the Players came at the 2010 PGA Championship.
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