Martin Kaymer wins U.S. open by eight strokes

By Michelle Kapusta,

Martin Kaymer capped off his terrific performance at Pinehurst by winning the 114th U.S. Open on Sunday.

The Associated Press reported that the German golfer won the championship by eight strokes to capture his second major.

"You want to win majors in your career, but if you can win one more, it means so much more," Kaymer said. "Some people, especially when I went through that low, called me a one-hit wonder and those things. So it's quite nice proof, even though I don't feel like I need to prove a lot to people. But somehow, it's quite satisfying to have two under your belt."

The 29-year-old closed with a 1-under 69 and was the only player in the last eight groups to break par.

With the victory, Kaymer beat out Rickie Fowler and two-time heart transplant recipient, Erik Compton, who were the only players that came close to challenging him. They each shot 72 and tied for second.

USA Today noted that this win puts him in an elite category with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Lee Trevino and Raymond Floyd as the only golfers to win a PGA Championship, The Players and the U.S. Open. Kaymer is also the first German player to win the event.

He is currently 11th in the Official World Golf Ranking.



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