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Martin Kaymer's US Open triumph proves golf is changing

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Martin Kaymer's victory at Whistling Straits four years ago may well seem like a distant memory to some. A lot has happened in the 29-year-old's life since the moment he saw off Bubba Watson in a playoff in Wisconsin.

His rise to world number one early the following year. The subsequent loss of form, dropping out of the world's top 50 in 2013 having failed to build on his WGC-HSBC Champions victory at the back end of 2011.

And of course, he holed the winning putt for Europe at Medinah to seal a Ryder Cup victory that will ultimately be remembered as their greatest.

But until he reminded everyone just how he had achieved all that before turning 30 with his sensational win at the Players at Sawgrass last month, he had inadvertently - or inextricably, perhaps - fallen off people's radar.

Well, he's firmly back on them now, shining brighter than anyone else. Kaymer's Dusseldorf roots naturally incur comments on the infamous German efficiency, and they were never more necessary than these past four days.

What he has just achieved in North Carolina at the incredibly unforgiving Pinehurst No.2 will go down as one of the best performances ever seen in a major championship. 65, 65, 72, 69, for a nine-under finish.

There were two other players in the field under par, just two - Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler -  who combined to shoot two under, minus one apiece for tied second finishes. That's simply breath-taking.

The USGA made it tough going for the players, make no mistake about that, but they could not compensate for an early 2000s Tiger Woods-like performance from a man who'd only just begun to show inklings that the man who once stood so tall may one day return.

At the 114th US Open, his driving stood up to be counted under the pressure of leading from the first day to the last. The German's iron play can be described in a single word, requiring no further explanation: pure.

And whenever the crowned Pinehurst putting surfaces proved too fast for a slightly misplaced approach, his touch around the greens was nigh-on utter perfection. Tap in par, after tap in par.

It was a stroll in a very nice park for Kaymer, or he at least made it look like one as he smiled continuously down 18, chatting to his playing partner Fowler - who will have his moment one day - with an eight-shot advantage in his pocket.

That's the way it remained too, despite his errant tee shot, as he ended the tournament in similar fashion to how he'd played all week - rolling in a par-saving putt from around 10 feet to officially earn the right to be called a double major champion.

It may well have been boring for some onlookers who were hoping to see the usual drama and tension a US Open deserves, but no one can begrudge the achievements of Kaymer this weekend.

With Woods out injured an no return date set for golf's global star, their are constant questions asked about who is going to replace him as the sport's leading man.

The re-emergence of Kaymer should serve as a reminder to everyone that there will, in all likelihood, never be a man as dominant as Woods used to be.

There is simply too much talent among every field in every event nowadays, and while drama-free Sunday's are not ideal for any major championship and yesterday was very much a procession, the reality is; golf is never truly predictable, and the German could easily miss the British Open cut next month.

Or he could win it by 10.

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