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2014 US Open Day 4

ImageWell, Martin Kaymer did it: He beat Pinehurst and won the US Open Wall-to-Wall. Kaymer set the 36-hole scoring record by opening with a pair of 65s. He never let anyone closer than four shots over the final 48 holes. Equipped with a five-shot lead, he was the only player from the last eight groups to break par.

”You want to win majors in your career, but if you can win one more, it means so much more,” Kaymer said after closing with a 1-under 69 for an eight-shot victory over Rickie Fowler and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton.

Only twice in the last 20 years of the U.S. Open has the 54-hole leader managed to break par in the final round. Then again, both were runaway winners. Rory McIlroy had an eight-shot lead at rain-softened Congressional in 2011 and closed with a 69. Tiger Woods had a 10-shot lead at Pebble Beach in 2000 and closed with a 67.

Kaymer returned to the elite in golf by turning the toughest test in golf into a runaway at Pinehurst No. 2, becoming only the seventh player to go wire-to-wire in the 114 years of the U.S. Open. Only three players finished the championship under par.

Martin’s 271 was good for $1,620,000;

Compton and Fowler got $789,330 each

Now for our picks:

Matt Kuchar Tied for 12th and got $156,679

Rory McIlroy Tied for 23rd and won $79,968

Graeme McDowell Tied for 28th but still won $59,588

Bubba Watson Didn’t even get a bus ticket home

 

US Open Day 3

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Martin Kaymer did not break par on a tough Day 3 at Pinehurst, but he did enough to retain a healthy lead.

After Saturday’s tough round at Pinehurst, Martin Kaymer admitted he didn’t have his best stuff. After matching 65s to open this U.S. Open, the first time in major history someone had shot those numbers in Rounds 1 and 2, Kaymer was struggling, both with the tougher conditions and his own golf swing.

After bogeys on the 13th and 15th, it looked like Kaymer’s lead could shrink to three or even two, but the German made great pars on 16 and 17 before sticking his approach shot on the 18th to 10 feet and knocking in the putt for the closing birdie.

Now for our picks:

Matt Kuchar Tied for 7th after shooting a 71

Rory McIlroy Tied for 16th after shooting 74

Graeme McDowell Tied for 42nd after shooting a 75 yesterday

Bubba Watson Probably went home

With a five-shot lead over Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, it will be Kaymer’s to lose on Sunday. But if he plays another round like he did on Saturday, it will be Kaymer’s name on the trophy on Sunday evening.

As for the people chasing him going into Saturday’s third round, Rory McIlroy shot 74, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth both shot disappointing 72s and Brendon Todd, who was paired with Kaymer in the third round, struggled all day on his way to a 9-over 79.

Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton both fired 3-under 67s, incredibly impressive considering the 73.8 scoring average on Saturday at the U.S. Open.

Fowler’s round was solid, making five birdies and two bogeys to get himself in the final group on Sunday with Kaymer.

Compton, playing in only his second major championship ever, got off to a hot start with two birdies and an eagle over his first eight holes, and while a bogey on the 16th dropped him back to 3-under, it was the birdie putt on the 18th he had to get in the final group at 4-under.

US Open Day 2

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A very different Day 2 than anybody expected.

The King of the Mountain is Martin Kaymer. Another 65 so now 10 under par. 6 shots ahead of Brendon Todd.

Already seeing stories comparing him with Tiger.

Kaymer, the 2010 PGA Championship victor, has never finished better than a tie for eighth in the U.S. Open. So naturally, he’s come into Pinehurst and posted a score of 10-under that puts him in the company of elite performances like those of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. His back-to-back 65s are records for individual rounds at a Pinehurst U.S. Open. The combined score is the lowest for 36 holes ever posted in the U.S. Open, and matches the lowest score ever in a major.

This is ridiculous. This is scoring 200 points against the 1996 Bulls, homering five times off Mariano Rivera, intercepting Tom Brady a half-dozen times. But here’s the point where we step back and point out that a U.S. Open isn’t over until the final putt drops; just ask Phil Mickelson.

Plus, even a double-digit score below par is no guarantee of victory. A fella named Gil Morgan could tell you that. Morgan was 9-under halfway through the 1992 U.S. Open and would eventually get to 12-under before effectively falling off the edge of the world. He played his final 29 holes at 17-over and surrendered the victory to Tom Kite, eventually finishing in 13th place. Kite erased a deficit of eight strokes, one of three players to do that at the U.S. Open. Lou Graham holds the record for making up a deficit, coming from 11 strokes back to win the 1975 U.S. Open.

OK, so where are our picks???

Rory McIlroy Tied for 10th at 1 under par

Matt Kuchar Tied for 10th at 1 under par

Graeme McDowell Tied for 27th after shooting a 74 yesterday

Bubba Watson Missed the cut