2014 U.S. Open: The Biggest Surprises at Pinehurst

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2014 U.S. Open: The Biggest Surprises at Pinehurst
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German-born Martin Kaymer became the sixth-consecutive player to win the U.S. Open for the first time on Sunday, when he entered the day with a five-shot lead and never wavered while shooting a final-round 69 on Pinehurst No. 2.

Kaymer's four-day score of nine-under-par 271 joined Americans Lucas Glover (2009) and Webb Simpson (2012), Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell (2010) and Rory McIlroy (2011) and England's Justin Rose (2013) as first-time Open-winners since Tiger Woods won his third Open—and 14th majorin 2008.

The 29-year-old Kaymer had won one previous major title, taking the PGA Championship in a playoff with Bubba Watson in 2010. He had his best previous Open finish that year as well, finishing in a seventh-place tie at Pebble Beach in California.

Only one of those other Open-winners, McIlroy, has also added another major. McIlroy made it two titles with a PGA Championship victory in 2012.

But while the continuation of that newbie trend at the Open was hardly a shocker given history, the final 18 holes on Sunday weren't completely without a surprise here and there.

We take a look at some of them here. And, as always, feel free to make suggestions of your own in the comments section.

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