Golfer Martin Kaymer Pulls Off Rare Feat in U.S. Open Victory

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Martin Kaymer of Germany won the U.S. Open on Sunday with four days of dominance at Pinehurst No. 2.

Kaymer became only the seventh player in 114 years of the tournament to go wire-to-wire, and no one else ever had a chance. He led by at least four shots for the final 48 holes to take his second major championship.

Martin Kaymer of Germany celebrates after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 15, 2014. (Image source: AP/Charles Riedel)

He made a 15-foot par putt on the last hole for a 1-under 69, giving him an eight-shot victory over Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton.

Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, was the only player to give him a serious challenge until consecutive bogeys early on the back nine. He closed with a 72 and gets a reasonable consolation prize — a trip to the Masters.