The unforgiving conditions and layout of Pinehurst No. 2 proved to be no match for the incredible showing of Martin Kaymer at the 2014 U.S. Open, as the German golfer won by an unbelievable eight strokes.
On a course that often yields frustrating results, Kaymer was dominant. He drove the ball accurately, putted with efficiency and his short game was superb. Everything came together for the 29-year-old.
The rest of the field struggled in comparison. Only two other players finished under par. Nobody was even par. Just five were one over par. That really puts Kaymer's performance in perspective.
Below you'll find the final results from Pinehurst, as well as the payout and a brief summation about Kaymer's run.
The below graphic contains the final leaderboard from Pinehurst.
Below is a look at the earnings for the top players.
For all intents and purposes, this tournament was over after Kaymer began with back-to-back 65s. He dominated on Days 1 and 2, making it nearly impossible for anybody else to come even close to making him sweat.
Kaymer held the lead after each of the four days, and Stephanie Wei of SI.com pointed out that he is now in elite company:
Kaymer will become just the 8th player in the 114-year history of the @usopengolf to win wire-to-wire.— Stephanie Wei (@StephanieWei) June 15, 2014
Rory McIlroy, who also posted an eight-stroke victory at the U.S. Open back in 2011 at Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course in Bethesda, Maryland, was in awe of the performance:
.@McIlroyRory (+6, 73) after his round: "To do what [Kaymer] is doing-I think it's nearly more impressive than what I did at Congressional.”— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 15, 2014
That really says something. McIlroy's showing at Congressional is one of the most dominant performances in recent golf memory. Kaymer's dominance came at an even more difficult course, however, so McIlroy is right in recognizing this accomplishment.
Kaymer, who also won the 2010 PGA Championship, knows his history about German golfers. After the victory, he acknowledged that German golfers now just need a British Open under their belts:
Martin Kaymer, about Bernhard Langer's two Masters wins: "We have almost a German Gran Slam. Almost. There's only a British Open missing."— Golf Digest (@GolfDigestMag) June 15, 2014
With the way Kaymer is playing right now, it doesn't seem like he'll have any issues locking up a British Open championship in the future.
Kaymer is playing uncanny golf right now. He won The Players Championship after leading every round, then duplicated that showing at Pinehurst this past weekend. Peter Kostis of CBS Sports compared his performance this weekend to your typical dominant showing from Tiger Woods:
If Tiger was doing what Kaymer is doing everyone would be going bonkers, but with Martin they say it's a boring tournament. Double standard.— Peter Kostis (@peterjkostis) June 15, 2014
The double standard Kostis spoke of could wear off pretty soon if Kaymer continues to dominate. He has plenty of golf ahead of him at 29 years old, and it appears as if he is just coming into his prime. While it's crazy to expect eight-stroke wins every time out, Kaymer is putting together quite the resume.
No longer an underdog in any event, Kaymer is a golfer to watch over the rest of the 2014 season and beyond.