PINEHURST, N.C. – Martin Kaymer began the day with a five-shot lead, and the 29-year-old German finished off his coronation in emphatic fashion. Here’s how things ended up at the U.S. Open, where Kaymer won his second major title:
Leaderboard: Martin Kaymer (-9), Erik Compton (-1), Rickie Fowler (-1), Keegan Bradley (+1), Jason Day (+1), Henrik Stenson (+1), Dustin Johnson (+1), Brooks Koepka (+1)
What it means: Kaymer put on a clinic all week at Pinehurst No. 2, going wire-to-wire and winning by eight shots. Kaymer, who won the 2010 PGA Championship, now has multiple majors before age 30 – not to mention his Players Championship title from last month, or his Ryder Cup-clinching putt in 2012. Any talk about him being the worst world No. 1 of all time is long forgotten.
Round of the day: Daniel Berger was a runner-up at the NCAAs last year, but has since turned pro and is in the midst of a successful season on the Web.com Tour. Berger fired a 4-under 66 Sunday to finish in a tie for 28th in his first U.S. Open appearance. He made five birdies against one bogey, and recorded the lowest score of the week by anyone not named Kaymer.
Best of the rest: Keegan Bradley had his eye on the Ryder Cup standings, and he made a big move up the American list after a 3-under 67 left him in a tie for fourth. Bradley’s round was highlighted by an eagle at the par-4 13th after he drove the green, and it was his third sub-par round of the week.
Biggest disappointment: Henrik Stenson looked to be the most likely player to make a move toward Kaymer during the final round, but instead the Swede went in the opposite direction. Stenson went 13 holes in the middle of his round without a birdie, playing the stretch in 5 over to forfeit any chance of notching his first major.
Shot of the day: Zach Johnson gave the crowd at the par-3 ninth hole reason to cheer when he made a hole-in-one, the only ace of the championship. Johnson hit a 7-iron from 172 yards that caught a ridge and funneled into the hole, causing Johnson to run to the gallery and high-five a line of fans. He finished at 2-over 72, good for a tie for 40th.
Quote of the day: “I’ve never gotten this far along in my story. It really hasn’t sunk in yet.” – Compton, who earned a Masters invite with his runner-up finish.