Sunday - Sep 24, 2017

Martin Kaymer becomes the first player from continental Europe to win the US Open


Martin Kaymer becomes the first player from continental Europe to win the US Open

In a performance rated by sports commentators to be amongst the finest in the history of the major golf tournaments, Martin Kaymer, almost from the first tee, always looked like running out a comfortable winner of the US Masters held over the weekend at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

He started off with two sensational rounds of 65, equalling, and almost beating, the record for the lowest 36-hole mark at any major while setting up the largest lead at the halfway stage of any US Open.

The affable German never looked like giving up such a formidable cushion, and continued to entertain the crowd through standing firm on his attacking principles, while at the same time refusing to be pressurised or make too many mistakes.

Kaymer went into the last day at Pinehurst, with a comfortable five stroke overnight lead, and completed the final round with a score of 69 to end nine under par overall, confining Americans Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton to joint second place by a margin of eight shots.

Whilst Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose have all tasted glory in the US Open in the last five years, they all hailed from the British Isles, with Kaymer becoming the first winner from mainland Europe.

Bernhard Langer, Kaymer’s mentor and compatriot, who he has now equalled his record of winning two major golf tournaments never succeeded in finishing higher than in fourth place in a US Open.

With his victory, Martin Kaymer also joins an illustrious group of great golfers throughout history who have won the US Open golf tournament, having led from the start, amongst them Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan Tony Jacklin, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

Kaymer’s final total of 271 was also the second lowest in US Open history, just three strokes more than Rory McIlroy’s remarkable tally from three years ago.

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