Martin Kaymer was able to close out his second major championship at Pinehurst Number 2 in true fashion in the US Open finale’ on Sunday afternoon. Although the media wanted to create some doubt in order to keep us interested, there was never a doubt in the 29 year-old German’s mind, and it showed as he went about the business of winning another big tournament in 2014 while the rest of the field played for second place.
Although the Donald Ross design at Pinehurst number two wasn’t set up on Sunday to be the monster that allowed only two sub-par rounds on Saturday, it still provided a stern test for the full field of players trying to catch Martin Kaymer down the stretch. None did.
Kaymer fired a final round one under par 69 on Sunday as one contender after another made a push and quickly fell back throughout the course of the day.
Playing partner, Rickie Fowler got into big trouble on the fourth hole with a double bogey, and was never really a threat. Although he got one back quickly at the fifth hole, he was never a threat to the lead.
There were some good rounds in the field, including a 3-under par 67 effort from Keegan Bradley and Jim Furyk, and some 2-under par scores from Adam Scott, and Jason Day, no one could mount any kind of pressure on the leader.
What the field needed, was for Martin Kaymer to help, and he didn’t. The tournament announcers, the 45,000 fans on the course, and the millions watching at home waited two days for the train wreck that never came.
“It was just a matter of time,” Kaymer said. “It’s not a huge surprise to me that I played good golf. It’s just a surprise that I won such big tournaments. That’s a surprise. But I’ll take it.”
The world’s number two player, Henrik Stenson was my pick to win this event, but problems with his putter and sloppy play on Sunday kept him out of the winners circle this week. Stenson managed a three over 73 on Sunday and had this to say about Kaymer’s win.
“He kind of killed the event in the first two days,” noted Henrik Stenson.
With his victory at The Players Championship last month, and the now the US Open, Martin Kaymer is projected to be ranked 11th in the Official World Golf Rankings(OWGR) when the dust settles.
Kaymer showed us all what he was made of on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass last month. The guy doesn’t get rattled when he gets in trouble.
He has to be a solid favorite for The Open Championship next month, and again at the PGA in August. And you know we will see him at Gleneagles in September.