Martin Kaymer went into the final day at the US Open with one hand of the title and he never let go.
Neutrals hoping for a thrilling climax to the year’s second major, filled with twists and turns, were left disappointed but it was still difficult not to admire Kaymer’s nerve and ability under pressure.
The German has led this tournament from the first day, where he shot a five-under par 65, and he has dealt with the difficult Pinehurst course far better than any other golfer in the field.
In the end he won by eight shots, testament to how well he had played over the four days, and left everybody else playing in the competition bewildered by his brilliance.
Kaymer has already proven that he can handle winning at the big events this season – having won the Players Championship from the first day to the last.
However, the pressure was even greater here. Whilst the competition at Sawgrass is considered the fifth major, it still doesn’t officially qualify as one and the magnitude of Kaymer’s achievement here cannot be underestimated.
The 29-year-old now has two major championships to his name, but it is unlikely that he will ever win another one in such impressive fashion.
Although his lead was vast ever since the first round, Pinehurst was set up to punish mistakes. But he didn’t make any.
This was ruthlessly efficient golf from Kaymer, on a course where only three players (Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton being the other two) could get to under-par scores.
And right from tee-off on Sunday he continued to look composed and at ease with the situation. Kaymer is a fantastic technician and his talent was on full display.
He didn’t drop a shot over the first seven holes, making birdie at the third, and effectively putting an end to anybody desperately hoping he would collapse, as unlikely as it was.
He would only drop two more shots for the day, whilst making three more birdies for a final day round of 69, which only extended the advantage he had after 54 holes.
It meant that Kaymer made the most birdies in the field  and has surely established himself as the number one player in the world at the moment, even if the rankings suggest that Adam Scott is.
It also means that he is now only two titles away from a career grand-slam and joining a very elite group at the top of the game.
With time on his side and so much talent, you wouldn’t bet against him achieving it either.
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