Martin Kaymer sucked all the drama right out of the 2014 U.S. Open in an absolutely astounding and dominating performance throughout the four rounds.
Kaymer finished nine-under par for the tournament after his one-under 69 Sunday. He was ultimately carried by his back-to-back 65s during Rounds 1 and 2 to open the tournament and was never truly threatened throughout the entire weekend.
Thanks to his efforts, Kaymer is now much richer. With that in mind, here is a look at the payouts for the top performers in the final leaderboard. The entire leaderboard with the respective payouts can be found at ESPN.com.
As mentioned, Kaymer was absolutely brilliant throughout the week. Pinehurst No. 2 is widely considered one of the most difficult courses across the entire PGA Tour, but Kaymer made quick work of it with a number of birdies and pars.
He became the seventh player in the history of the U.S. Open to win in wire-to-wire fashion and led by at least a commanding four shots for the final 48 holes of the tournament. In a field that was loaded with marquee names, Kaymer made the entire weekend all about him.
It’s not as if Pinehurst No. 2 didn’t bare its teeth in typical fashion when it came to the rest of the golfers. Only two other competitors finished at par or better (Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler both finished one under par), while Dustin Johnson was one-over par, Adam Scott was two-over par, Matt Kuchar was three-over par and Rory McIlroy was a disappointing six-over par.
I thought that I had a great game plan, I was ready to play, and sometimes it just doesn’t click.
It just doesn’t come together. It’s one thing to have a great game plan, but you have to execute, you got to hit some shots, make some putts, and I threw too many shots away the first two rounds to really have a good chance.
While the struggles of some of the superstars were certainly noteworthy, everything was overshadowed by Kaymer’s effort. He really didn’t have to break a sweat after those first two rounds, and Mike O’Malley of Golf Digest passed along a quote from fellow golfer Henrik Stenson that suggested as much:
Henrik Stenson, T4 after a 73, on Martin Kaymer's opening 65s: "He kind of killed the event in the first two days. ... Very impressive."— Mike O'Malley (@GD_MikeO) June 16, 2014
Kaymer’s 130 was an all-time U.S. Open record for the first two rounds.
In terms of the payouts, Robert Raiola of O’Connor Davies LLP had even more good news for Kaymer:
Will Kaymer win another tournament this year?
A transcendent performance like this should give Kaymer an incredible boost of confidence going forward for the rest of the year on the tour. He hasn’t been heard from much the last couple of years, but the way his swing looked over the weekend and at the Players recently should have Kaymer fans excited.
If he continues to hit fairways and greens in regulation at the same pace he did at Pinehurst No. 2, he will be a force to be reckoned with on the tour at future tournaments. For now, though, he is happy as the U.S. Open champion.
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