16 Jun 2014

Martin Kaymer wins US Open by eight shots

12:14 pm on 16 June 2014

The German golfer Martin Kaymer has clinched his second major title by eight shots in the 114th US Open at Pinehurst Resort, ending a week of dominant golf with a wire-to-wire win.

Kaymer began the final round with a five-stroke lead and kept his closest pursuers at bay on a hot afternoon as he closed with a one-under-par 69 on Pinehurst's challenging No. 2 course to easily beat the Americans Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler, who shared second on one under.

Kaymer took control of the year's second major tournament by posting a record low total across the opening two rounds with successive scores of five-under-par 65 for a 130 total - the lowest 36-hole score ever recorded at the US Open.

The German clinched his first major title in a playoff for the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits,

Kaymer's victory ties Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy's eight-shot winning margin in 2011 but the German's still a distant second behind American great Tiger Woods, who won the tournament in 2000 by 15 shots.

Woods was forced to skip the US Open this year as he recovers from surgery for a pinched back nerve.