Following yet another steady round Sunday afternoon at Pinehurst No. 2, Martin Kaymer clinched his first U.S. Open and second major win. The German not only secured the first U.S. Open for his country Sunday, but he also earned a lofty check to go along with it.
As for the next two on the leaderboard, Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton came away with great rounds on the final day to secure a huge purse as well. Though neither were able to contend with Kaymer, they were the only other players to finish under par at Pinehurst.
Here's a look at the final leaderboard following Sunday's action:
The 2014 U.S. Open purse totaled $8,000,000—on par with what it has been the last few seasons, according to PGATour.com.
After Kaymer's career-defining win Sunday afternoon, the German will climb back up the rankings as well as the money list. As for those just behind him, catching the two-time major champion was a daunting task after his play through the first two rounds.
Trey Wingo of ESPN notes how history was on Kaymer's side heading into the weekend:
Is Martin Kaymer's lead invincible? no 36-hole leader at the U.S. Open has blown a lead of more than 4 shots. And that happened back in 1909— trey wingo (@wingoz) June 13, 2014
With the 2014 U.S. Open now officially in the books, here's a look at the total payout from the second major of the season.
Kaymer wasn't able to sustain the same success he had on the first two days in the third round, but he still kept his wits about him heading into Day 4.
The German still held a five-shot lead entering Sunday despite his two-over 72 round Saturday. Rather than crumbling under the pressure, Kaymer still found humor in the way he finished out the round, per Sean Martin of PGATour.com:
Reporter: "How big is the difference between a 4-shot lead and 5-shot lead?" Kaymer: "1 shot."— Sean Martin (@PGATOURSMartin) June 15, 2014
There was no need for jokes after Sunday's action, with Kaymer pacing the field yet again. While Fowler put together a good round alongside the winner, he came into the day simply contending to remain at second on the leaderboard.
Kaymer's outstanding tournament even shocked Dan Jenkins of Golf Digest, who marveled at the four rounds:
This was my 61st U.S. Open, and one of the most dominating performances. Well done, Martin Kaymer.— Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd) June 15, 2014
Following the wire-to-wire win at Pinehurst, Kaymer has a chance at another huge purse in just over a month at the British Open. The German has never finished better than seventh at the tournament, but he is on top of his game heading into Royal Liverpool.
As for the runners-up, Fowler and Compton have a lot to be proud of going into The Open Championship. Fowler's showing alongside Kaymer proves he can contend on the big stage while Compton has a chance to turn his career around after the U.S. Open.
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