Well where else can we start but at Pinehurst and with Martin Kaymer’s incredible win.
The German romped to an 8 shot winning margin, and posted the second lowest score in U.S. Open history, to become the first ever continental European to win the United States Open. His wire-to-wire victory was never in doubt, as he took apart the new-look Pinehurst Number 2 with a final score of 9 under par:
"I'm very, very satisfied, especially with all of the expectations starting from the first day shooting 5-under par and then shooting another five under par which is very rare at the U.S. Open. A lot of people expect you to win. Subconsciously, you should win yourself, is what you will think. Especially today was very tough to play.”
It was the third bogey of his final round at the 16th that cost Kaymer from posting a winning score in double digits, and joining Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as the only two men to have done so at a U.S. Open. Whilst Tiger was obviously absent, the Northern Irishman was particularly impressed with Kaymer’s efforts:
“I think I've made a total of nine birdies this week. It's like -- it's just, I don't see any more out there. It's tough. Obviously, if you limit the mistakes, you might end up a couple under par for the week, because you're always going to make a few mistakes. But to do what he's doing is -- I think it's nearly more impressive than what I did at Congressional."
Kaymer’s nearest rivals Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton finished 8 shots further back, and whilst Fowler is often in the golfing headlines, Compton was ranked 182nd before Pinehurst.
Now 73rd in the world, that’s an impressive climb of over 100 places for a man who has undergone two heart bypasses. Compton’s tied 2nd finish is his best ever at a Major:
“When you have disabilities or you have health issues, some days are really bad and then you got to try to make the best of it the next day and wake up and move your body. And I'm a perfect example of that. I've been on my back twice and I never thought I would ever leave the house. Now I just finished second at the U.S. Open, which is -- I don't think anybody would have ever thought I would do that, not even myself. So you can't ever write yourself off, you just can't give up."
Meanwhile, Sunday at Pinehurst was historic for other reasons, as it was the first time the golfing world has witnessed both the men and women at the same venue. Several LPGA players had already arrived to start their U.S. Open preparations, and we’ll have more updates from Pinehurst later this week.
That’s all for now though, but join us again tomorrow. In the meantime follow us on Twitter @golfingworldtv and we’re on Facebook and Instagram too.