PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) – Martin Kaymer is just the seventh player in U.S. Open history to post a wire-to-wire victory.
The German closed with a 15-foot par putt for a 1-under 69 and a 9-under total, eight shots ahead of Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler. Kaymer tied for the fourth-largest margin of victory at the Open and became the first German to capture the trophy. European players have won the event four times in the last five years.
Kaymer led by at least four shots for the final 48 holes and eliminated most of the suspense by opening the tournament with back-to-back 65s, the lowest two-round score in Open history.
It’s the second major title for Kaymer, who claimed the PGA Championship in 2010.
Compton was the only player with a chance to overtake Kaymer in the final round until consecutive bogeys on the back nine. He closed with a 2-over 72 for a 1-under total.
Fowler also finished with a 72 that left him the only other player under par. Keegan Bradley, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson finished 1-over, as did Brooks Koepka, and Henrik Stenson.