U.S. Open Tracker: Kaymer wins U.S. Open

Martin Kaymer during Sunday's final round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
Martin Kaymer during Sunday's final round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. ( Getty Images )

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Winning his second major title, Martin Kaymer remained in control of his destiny all day Sunday at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

Kaymer brought a five-shot lead to the final round and expanded it, shooting under par – meanwhile, much like a day ago, his closest pursuers to start the round have all played over par.

Keep up with Sunday's highlights from the U.S. Open right here – and scroll down to see our previous coverage from Pinehurst No. 2!

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Update No. 39: 7:39 p.m. EDT

Martin Kaymer makes a putt for a scrambling par and shoots 69 to win the U.S. Open by eight shots.

Rickie Fowler makes par for a 72 that leaves him T-2 with Erik Compton; they're the only other two players to finish under par.

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Update No. 38: 7:34 p.m. EDT

Erik Compton and Henrik Stenson finish with pars, finishing 1 under and 1 over respectively. Compton is T-2 with Rickie Fowler as he heads in and is set to earn a Masters invitation with a top-four finish.

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Update No. 37: 7:20 p.m. EDT

Ten players have carded a round under par today, led by Daniel Berger's 66. Leader Martin Kaymer birdies the 15th and is set to join them, but follows with a bogey at the 16th and is 1 under for his round.

Dustin Johnson finishes bogey-bogey-bogey-par for a 73 that has him T-4 at 1 over as he heads in.

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Update No. 36: 6:53 p.m. EDT

That's another birdie for Martin Kaymer as he gets back to 10 under and leads by eight with four holes to play. In the battle for second place, Rickie Fowler is second at 2 under, with Erik Compton and Dustin Johnson tied for third at 1 under.

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Update No. 35: 6:44 p.m. EDT

Let's sum up the nine players from the top 10 of the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings who are playing in this U.S. Open (with Tiger Woods missing because of his back injury):

  • 1. Adam Scott: T-8, 2 over (69 today)
  • 2. Bubba Watson: MIssed cut (76-70)
  • 3. Steve Stricker: T-21, 5 over (71)
  • 4. Jason Day: T-5, 1 over (68)
  • 5. Sergio Garcia: T-35, 8 over (72)
  • 6. Matt Kuchar: T-8, 2 over (2 over through 15)
  • 8. Henrik Stenson: T-5, 1 over (3 over through 14)
  • 9. Jim Furyk: T-14, 3 over (67)
  • 10. Justin Rose: T-14, 3 over (2 over through 16)

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Update No. 34: 6:29 p.m. EDT

Erik Compton recovers from the scrub at the short par-4 13th, but misses his birdie putt and remains 2 under with five to play. Dustin Johnson also recovers, from the trees on the 14th, but leaves his birdie try short and also remains 2 under.

A birdie at the 12th gets Rickie Fowler back under par for the week.

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Update No. 33: 6:24 p.m. EDT

Martin Kaymer pars the 12th to remain 8 under while Erik Compton finds trouble at the 13th and Dustin Johnson does the same at the 14th. The German's six-shot lead is still looking safe.

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Update No. 32: 6:12 p.m. EDT

Erik Compton has three birdies and three bogeys in a seven-hole stretch from Nos. 5-11, the latest being a bogey at 11 to drop him to even par for the day and T-2 alongside Dustin Johnson.

Leader Martin Kaymer pars the 11th to remain 8 under, leading by six shots with seven holes to play.

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Update No. 31: 5:59 p.m. EDT

Still seemingly synched up, leader Martin Kaymer and Erik Compton bogey the 10th and 11th respectively, the lead remaining five shots.

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Update No. 31: 5:51 p.m. EDT

Adam Scott birdies the last to end the week with a 1-under 69 and heads in T-12 at 2 over. It's one of eight rounds completed under par today.

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Update No. 30: 5:42 p.m. EDT

Erik Compton's third birdie in six holes, with two bogeys among them, comes at No. 10 and gets him to 4 under yet again. But he's not gaining ground on Martin Kaymer, who birdies No. 9 to carry a five-shot lead into the back nine.

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Update No. 29: 5:33 p.m. EDT

Jason Day is up to T-6 after birdies at Nos. 13 and 15, taking aim at Brooks Koepka's 66 at 3 under for the day with three to play.

Erik Compton bogeys No. 9 and slips again to 3 under, still solo second.

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Update No. 28: 5:17 p.m. EDT

With Martin Kaymer in a tricky spot at the seventh, Erik Compton gets a stroke back with a birdie at the eighth and returns to 4 under. Kaymer putts around a bunker from off the green, then two-putts for bogey to drop back to 8 under – and the lead is four.

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Update No. 27: 5:03 p.m. EDT

Erik Compton misses a par putt inside 5 feet and drops back to 3 under, still alone in second, and with 11 holes to play trails leader Martin Kaymer by six.

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Update No. 26: 4:53 p.m. EDT

How do you follow a double bogey in the U.S. Open? How about a birdie? That's what Rickie Fowler does at the par-5 fifth, climbing back to 2 under. Leader Martin Kaymer gets greenside in two but settles for par to remain 9 under, five ahead of Erik Compton.

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Update No. 25: 4:47 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson pars the 18th for a 72 that sends him to the clubhouse T-32 at 7 over. Not the week many had hoped for from Lefty.

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Update No. 24: 4:39 p.m. EDT

A long putt for double bogey falls for Rickie Fowler at No. 4 as he drops eight shots back of leader Martin Kaymer, who makes par. That leaves Erik Compton in second at 3 under – make that 4 under, as he birdies the par-5 fifth hole.

Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson are T-3 at 2 under.

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Update No. 23: 4:31 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson is on his way to a third-straight round over par, having double-bogeyed the 16th and followed with a par. He's 2 over for the day, T-31 at 7 over.

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Update No. 22: 4:17 p.m. EDT

Driving the green at the short par-4 third, leader Martin Kaymer two-putts for birdie to get to 9 under and stretch his lead to six. It's only the second birdie among the top five players to start the day. A tough task just got tougher for his pursuers.

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Update No. 21: 4:12 p.m. EDT

Henrik Stenson cards the first birdie of the top five players on the leaderboard today with a 3 at the par-4 third hole to rise to T-2 at 3 under, five shots back of leader Martin Kaymer. Also at the third, Erik Compton manages a solid scrambling par after a wide-right tee shot and a terrific pitch onto the green.

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Update No. 20: 4:02 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer misses the fairway and green at No. 2, but two putts later he's got another par and remains 8 under.

Defending champion Justin Rose eagles No. 5 to get under par for the week.

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Update No. 19: 3:48 p.m. EDT

Pars for leader Martin Kaymer and Rickie Fowler at the first hole.

Brandt Snedeker bogeys No. 2 to drop to even par, while Matt Kuchar birdies No. 3 to get to 1 under.

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Update No. 18: 3:37 p.m. EDT

Here goes leader Martin Kaymer. He begins the day with a tee shot to the fairway. Up ahead, Erik Compton and Henrik Stenson start the day with pars. We're in business.

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Update No. 17: 3:29 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy birdies No. 7 and Adam Scott birdies No. 6 as they get their rounds into red numbers, both T-15 at 2 over.

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Update No. 16: 3:21 p.m. EDT

Ian Poulter birdies the par-3 ninth to make the turn at 3 under for his round, T-9 at 1 over. That's nine back of leader Martin Kaymer, who tees off in about 15 minutes.

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Update No. 15: 3:12 p.m. EDT

Another birdie for J.B. Holmes, his second of his first five holes against three pars, as he rises to 1 over and gets into the top 10.

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Update No. 14: 2:39 p.m. EDT

Ian Poulter birdies again at No. 5 to rise to T-14 at 2 over. He and Phil Mickelson are the low men on the course, chasing Daniel Berger's 66 and Louis Oosthuizen's 67.

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Update No. 13: 2:14 p.m. EDT

J.B. Holmes opens with a birdie to get to T-14 at 2 over. Holmes has battled injuries in recent years but is finding his form again this season – including a win at the Wells Fargo Championship last month.

Phil Mickelson birdies again at No. 7 to get to 2 under for the round, T-17 at 3 over.

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Update No. 12: 2:09 p.m. EDT

A birdie at No. 5 gets Phil Mickelson under par for his round; he follows with a par to stand T-24 at 4 over, 12 back of leader Martin Kaymer.

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Update No. 11: 2:01 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley birdies No. 3 and follows with a par to rise to T-16 at 3 over. Ian Poulter and Steve Stricker have also birdied early today to get to that mark.

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Update No. 10: 01:52 p.m. EDT

Daniel Berger shows a low number can be had down the stretch today, finishing birdie-par-birdie for a 66. That gets him to T-37 at 7 over, but it's a finish we'll be talking about if someone closes in on leader Martin Kaymer.

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Update No. 9: 01:41 p.m. EDT

It's been a rough week for Zach Johnson – but he gets a boost as he makes the turn with a hole-in-one at No. 9! That earns a fist pump from the 2007 Masters champ.

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Update No. 8: 01:36 p.m. EDT

Fran Quinn birdies No. 16, his third in seven holes, to get his round back to 3 over, T-59 at 14 over.

Amateur Matt Fitzpatrick finishes bogey-par for a 69 – wrapping up his low-amateur run and being the first to hold that title for both this tournament and the Open Championship since a guy named Bobby Jones did that in 1930.

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Update No. 7: 01:23 p.m. EDT

A birdie at No. 3 gets Phil Mickelson back to even par for the day after he started with a bogey. Lefty won't complete the career Grand Slam today, but he'll look for a strong finish with Chambers Bay on the horizon.

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Update No. 6: 01:14 p.m. EDT

Matt Fitzpatrick is trying to close his amateur days with a bang, 2 under through 16 holes after birdies at Nos. 11 and 13. He also had birdied Nos. 1 and 5 before a double bogey at No. 6 led him to make the turn at even par.

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Update No. 5: 12:27 p.m. EDT

Check out the fourth-round hole locations at Pinehurst No. 2. Some tough ones out there. Click on the photo to the right.

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Update No. 4: 12:21 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell birdies again at No. 3 to get to T-30 at 5 over. He opened with 68 this week but fell with rounds of 74 and 75.

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Update No. 3: 12:01 p.m. EDT

Better late than never, after opening 71-73-78, Louis Oosthuizen is 3 under for the day after a birdie at No. 10. That gets his week to 9 over and T-48.

Graeme McDowell and Kenny Perry start their day with birdies to take a quick step to T-35 at 6 over.

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Update No. 2: 11:46 a.m. EDT

Stewart Cink and Scott Langley start their day with pars, joining eight players on the course at even par so far.

It's worth mentioning on Father's Day that Kevin Stadler, part of the first father-son duo to play in the Masters in the same year, birdies No. 8 and makes the turn at 2 over for his round, 63rd at 15 over.

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Update No. 1: 11:32 a.m. EDT

Louis Oosthuizen is 2 under through seven holes with birdies at Nos. 1 and 5. That lifts him to T-52 at 10 over. Daniel Berger is the only other player under par thus far with a birdie at No. 5 getting him to 10 over as well. Toru Taniguchi, of yesterday's 88, is 2 over through 10 holes.

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Weather forecast

To put it concisely, much like Saturday. There's less chance of rain at Pinehurst than there was for the dry third round, according to weather.com, with lighter winds expected. Let 'em play.

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Saturday's coverage

Kaymer holds steady, but door ajar for Sunday

Martin Kaymer fell off whatever planet he’d been on and came back to Pinehurst. His day-three 72 wasn’t otherworldly, like those back-to-back 65s, but it was tidy enough to give him a five-shot lead heading into Sunday at the U.S. Open. Two sensational storylines are giving chase, with miracle man Erik Compton and flat-billed hotshot Rickie Fowler tied for second after stout 67s.

Fowler adapts flair to U.S. Open stage

Rickie Fowler finds himself in contention for the second consecutive major, accomplishing his goal of showing up in the big events.

Pinehurst wipes trademark smile off Kuchar's face

Bang! The nicest guy in golf, Matt Kuchar, opened his mouth and the sharp-edged criticism came tumbling out after a 1-over 71 as he launched a rock-em, sock-em attack on the USGA for its Saturday setup.

Notes: Compton's attitude; Todd's tough day; more

Erik Compton vaulted into contention behind a 3-under 67 on Saturday at Pinehurst while Brendon Todd fell in the other direction with 79.

NBC reporter loses cart driver to on-course arrest

NBC reporter Roger Maltbie lost his cart driver on the 11th tee after a North Carolina Highway Patrolman arrested him for running over his foot and not stopping when ordered.

Putting better, Mickelson (72) thinks 'second again'

Phil Mickelson was a man who needed to make a move on Saturday, but as he progressed through his round, it was clear there would not be too many birdie opportunities at Pinehurst No. 2.

Lindheim honors late mentor by playing a round with him

Nicholas Lindheim chose not to take a marker to play with on Saturday at the U.S. Open, instead leaving the spot open for his late mentor Mike Smith to play alongside him in spirit.

Kaymer carrying two 3-irons at Pinehurst No. 2

Martin Kaymer opened the U.S. with back-to-back 65s. He also carried back-to-back 3-irons, with one being bent to more of a 2-iron.

Moore: They'll be putting 'em off greens today

Ryan Moore will tell you what's different about U.S. Open conditions at Pinehurst for Saturday's third round: "They're starting to firm up. They're getting bouncier. There's going to be at least 10 people putting off the greens today."

Taniguchi posts 88 in 'clinging-to-his-life' round

46-year-old Toru Taniguchi somehow found humor in his third-round, 18-over 88 on Saturday at the U.S. Open.

Pinehurst's elusive 15th hole: a primer

The par-3 15th hole at the Pinehurst No. 2 has been oddly elusive thus far at the U.S. Open, and Saturday's third-round setup might cause some fireworks.

Tracker: Kaymer's lead nipped at Pinehurst

At Pinehurst, some thought the winner might finish the U.S. Open over par. Martin Kaymer remains well under par after Saturday's third round. Recap the highlights right here!

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Preview coverage: The course

VIDEO: Klein breaks down changes at Pinehurst

Our Bradley S. Klein has visited Pinehurst No. 2 numerous times, even playing the course twice in the last few months to get a true gauge on what the U.S. Open players will face this week. He breaks down what to expect in this video.

How Pinehurst gets its maddening greens ready

Our Bradley S. Klein was on the course with the course crew at 5:15 a.m. on Pinehurst No. 2, taking in how they get a major course prepared and keep it playable.

Death watch? Potential issues on Pinehurst's 9th green

If there’s one green at Pinehurst No. 2 that is a candidate for going over the top, it’s that of the par-3 ninth. On the card it’s 191 yards, but the putting surface here is one of the course's smallest -- and has the most contour.

Message of 2014 U.S. Opens: Scruffy is new neat

A good story to be told by the USGA about its forthcoming national championships is the different look at Pinehurst – scruffier, less green, less manicured, and also firmer and faster. Luck will play more than a small role.