Is Martin Kaymer Already One of Golf’s Greats?

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Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open on Sunday and he proved to the world that he’s one of golf’s best. He shot a 36 hole record at the U.S. Open and nearly got the all-time U.S. Open record but was just four shots short. The question now is, with 21 worldwide victories, 11 European Tour wins and three PGA Tour wins, is Martin Kaymer one of golf’s greats? I’m not saying top 10 all-time or even top 50, but is one of the best players in the history of this sport and we’re not noticing? The story could have easily been different if he didn’t win The Players and U.S. Open this year but now I believe you can make a case and he’s still very young at 29. He’s already arguably the best golfer to come out of Germany and now, he’s starting to make a mark in the States.

The reason why I believe he is one of the greats or is very close to it is that he has his 11 wins on the European Tour which has a ton of talent and on the PGA Tour, 11 wins a major will likely get you into the hall of fame. Although he only has three PGA Tour victories, we have to realize how significant those wins were. His first three PGA Tour titles were all practically majors, how many players win majors with their first three PGA Tour victories? That’s pretty impressive. The Players isn’t a major championship but it should be one because other than the four majors, it’s by far the biggest tournament of the year plus it has arguably the most famous hole in golf (The par 3 17th). So all in all, three majors on the PGA Tour and 11 wins on the European Tour is a very solid career.

It’s very hard to win at the professional level, just ask one of my favorite media guys Gary McCord (Zero PGA Tour wins but award winning pipes). Think about it, although the European tour isn’t as popular as the PGA Tour but it’s an extremely deep tour full of guys who also play well on the PGA Tour. So when you combine his 11 Euro Tour wins and his two majors and Players Championship on the PGA Tour which all three of those feel like two wins instead of one, you got a very good resume because it shows your dominance, no matter what tour you’re on. He’s also one of the better all around players in golf as he’s top 100 in every major category and no.1 in total driving. Again, I’m not saying he’s a top 10, top 50, or even top 100 all-time player at this point but he has a resume most players could only dream of.

There’s a scary similarity between Martin and Rory Mcilroy’s stats, throwing them both in the same conversation but it’s too early to tell how they both will be when it’s all said and done, that being said, both of these golfers have numbers that legends would have. Probably Martin’s biggest weakness is The Masters as he never seems to fare well there at all. You’ll see him on the leaderboard, but usually towards the bottom. If he could work on his game at Augusta and win a green jacket down the road here then he will definitely be in discussion as one of golf’s all-time greats (AGAIN, not top 10, or 50, or even 100). A Players Championship and three majors will raise many eyebrows PLUS he would be a British Open win away from the rare career grand slam but, one tournament at a time. He’s also an easy candidate for Player of the Year.

So what defines greatness? Is it the player’s ability to be clutch in key situations? Is it his or her ability to blow away the rest of the field by multiple strokes? Or is it just the accolades and victories? In my mind, it’s all of those things and Martin Kaymer has done them all. A few accolades, huge victories and clutch moments and when he’s on his game, he’s one of the most dangerous players in the world.

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Martin Kaymer Goes Wire to Wire-to-Win U.S. Open Championship

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Martin Kaymer put up one of the most dominant displays in golf history, winning the 114th U.S. Open Championship by an impressive eight strokes. Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton were runner ups while Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Henrik Stenson all finished tied for fourth. Martin put on a fabulous display of power, accuracy, and putting on American golf’s biggest stage while breaking the U.S. Open 36 hole record going into the weekend. He and Bernhard Langer are the only Germans to win multiple majors in their careers and Martin is still only 29 years old. He’s also the seventh international player to win the U.S. Open in the last 10 years showing the world’s dominance on North America’s biggest stage.

He also joins Michael Campbell and the iconic Payne Stewart to win a U.S. Open at Pinehurst. He shot an eye-opening 65 on Thursday and Friday and was just four shots short of the all-time U.S. Open record while being just eight shots shy of the all-time record for ANY major. There were talks of him being the worst world no.1 in golf history but that is false as he now has a PGA Championship, Players Championship and U.S. Open under his belt and is taking his career to unbelievable heights. He’s already made a name for himself on the European Tour and now he’s quickly making a name for himself in the States. There’s no doubt, his late mother, who passed away from skin cancer is looking down on him everywhere he goes and Martin is making her very very proud. Here are the highlights of the U.S. Open including Martin’s tournament clinching putt.

Also, this was the last U.S. Open NBC would cover as they will hand the mics and tech equipment over to Fox Sports. Thank you for all of the memories NBC, you helped bring the Open to life and hope nothing but the best going forward. Also, a shout out to Mark Rolfing who I had the pleasure of meeting, he’s a terrific reporter, a great guy and is very under rated in this business. He also got a great quote out of Erik Compton who had suffer heart problems in the past and managed to overcome it all and finish runner-up at the U.S. Open and now earned an invite to The Masters in 2015: “I’ve never gotten this far along in my story. It really hasn’t sunk in yet.” said Compton courtesy of GolfChannel.com. NBC will still cover big events such as the Ryder Cup and will still Golf Channel in their name. Looking forward to the Fox coverage. Should be very interesting that’s for sure.

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PHOTO: Roger Maltbie’s Cart Driver Gets Arrested for Hitting Officer

This was the craziest story of the U.S. Open and it had nothing to do with the players, but NBC broadcaster Roger Maltbie, who’s cart driver got arrested. He got in huge trouble for hitting an officer with the cart even after the officer told him to stop the vehicle. Now if that doesn’t say dumb then I don’t know what dumb is.

Here’s an image of the man getting arrested courtesy of this Twitter user:

I can see it now, Grand Theft Auto 5, Golf Edition. Play the game where you can hit balls with sticks, get arrested on the golf course, play at the U.S. Open, and find Roger Maltbie’s cart hidden in the game to unlock the exclusive Pinehiurst golf club where you can hit officers! Boom. Game of the Year.

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WATCH: Zach Johnson Gets a Rare U.S. Open Hole-in-One

How often do you see this at the U.S. Open? Zach Johnson hit one on the ninth hole at Pinehurst. Although he has no chance of winning this year, he hit one of the best shots of the year. Zach is known as one of the game’s best accuracy players possibly only behind Henrik Stenson. What’s better than an ace? Not a lot. Zach nailed it. Watch with open eyes.

This is what accuracy kings do despite their scores. Be sure to leave your thoughts! I’m ALWAYS listening!

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WATCH: Ken Duke Has One of Weirdest Pars Ever at Pinehurst

While Martin Kaymer is being a troublemaker and destroying Pinehurst at the U.S. Open, Ken Duke decided to get himself into some trouble but you never know what the “Duke” can pull. So he hit his second shot into some tall grass and with no way out decided to tap the ball out of the grass and into the bunker. Then he hit a marvelous recovery bunker shot even a bunker master like Matt Kuchar would be “wowed” at. The greens at Pinehurst have been absolutely ridiculous (In a fun way) moving balls wherever they please but Duke hit a shot that the green couldn’t do anything about. Here it is courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

That’s an impressive par save. A save like that is like a birdie in this sport. Have you ever had a par save like that? Let me know! I’d love to hear it!

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