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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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:
— Emily Kennard (@emilykennard) June 15, 2014
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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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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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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Rickie Fowler is one of the classiest guys in golf and he decided to pay tribute to his hero and one of the coolest and best players in golf history in Payne Stewart. Rickie wore knickers and a classic golf cap like Payne did and it was so fitting since Payne’s last major title was at Pinehurst at the U.S. Open. Sadly, he died in a plane crash just three months after the U.S. Open win where he famously stared Phil Mickelson in the eye (Phil was the runner-up) and told him “You’re going to be a dad!” making that image one of the most iconic in sports history. Payne won three major titles including two U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. Here’s the video of Rickie rocking Payne’s iconic attire courtesy of GolfChannel.com.
Here’s his tweet as well:
Payne was one of my all time favorites…it's going to be fun remembering what he did around this place! #USOpen
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) June 12, 2014
Rickie, you rock for doing this. Seriously, because Payne Stewart was the man, on and off the course and could have easily one a couple of more majors if he was still around.
Below are some of Payne’s most memorable images:
Golf Channel also had a documentary on Payne just a few days ago and it was outstanding.
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Tiger Woods will miss his second U.S. Open in six years according to Yahoo Sports. Woods has been battling injuries and the chance of winning a few more major titles are all but out the window with the only hope of at least winning another one in the closest distance than winning the multiple. The U.S. Open will be at the legendary Pinehurst No.2 course where the World Golf Hall of Fame once stood. This was not as much of a shock as the Masters withdrawal since he’s always been a lock to play in the Masters. He’s missed U.S. Opens before plus he was still unsure when he would get back out there to play so this really isn’t a surprise.
”Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I’m not yet physically able to play competitive golf,” Woods said. ”I’d like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won’t be at Pinehurst. The U.S. Open is very important to me, and I know it’s going to be a great week.” Woods said according to Yahoo Sports.
Woods has won the U.S. Open three times and missed the British Open and PGA Championship in 2008 while missing the U.S. Open and British Open in 2011. Ironically, his last major victory came at the U.S. Open in 2008 which was one for the ages as Rocco Mediate gave Tiger the biggest test of his life.
It’s unfortunate to see any player get injured like that but there’s a lot of people pressing the Mayday button on golf because the sport’s biggest star isn’t around. We have to realize that the game isn’t about just one player. Yes, I’m sure everyone has a favorite player but if you appreciate great golf from the talent we have today, you wouldn’t think about it and just wish Tiger a speedy recovery and continue to follow the sport anyway and not abandon ship. To me, if you only follow golf because of one guy then you’re not a golf fan. Some say the game will die without Tiger. Yeah, sure it will. That’s why the sport’s been going on for hundreds and hundreds of years with tournament play starting in the late 1800’s.
Golf is going to be fine with or without Tiger. We’ve seen a timeline of terrific golfers from Bobby Jones to Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to Tiger and Phil Mickelson now so what makes us think that we won’t see another great player emerge? Right now, the biggest stars in golf right now might have to be Rory Mcilroy and Bubba Watson with guys like Jimmy Walker and the young talents of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed on the rise not to mention Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson have been playing some of their best golf in their careers. I also feel that the LPGA Tour is getting better and better and college golf is making a push thanks to Golf Channel’s Men’s Championship coverage (Alabama defeated Oklahoma State for back-to-back titles) so golf is going to fine, I just think people got so spoiled from Tiger and Phil that we overlook some of the other great talent that is out there. The ratings? The only people who weren’t watching were casual fans because there is absolutely no way a real golf fan would miss the Masters or the U.S. Opener the Ryder Cup because of no Tiger or Phil.
I’ll be honest, when Anthony Kim was a rising star, I was a HUGE fan. Now he’s been nowhere to be seen for a while with his last big performance being at the British Open in 2011 where he finished tied for 5th. I still love following golf despite his absence because I appreciate ever player that tees it up in the greatest sport in the world and I hope people realize that. Golf is going to be fine and the fact that we still have Tiger and Phil for a while is a plus but we need to understand the sport is in good hands for the future. The only thing I hope is that the game gets more diverse because it would be so cool to see a lot of different cultures come together to celebrate this fantastic game. Yes, there are a diverse amount of fans and journalists but not much with the players so that would be amazing to see because that means the sport will get stronger and stronger and THAT’S what we want to see. Keep your heads up golf fans, this sport is going to be A-OK and even better than that.
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