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Kaymer Storms to Victory at The U.S. Open Championship
German Martin Kaymer reigned victorious at The U.S. Open last week, cinching the title by eight shots. He posted the lowest-ever round in a U.S. Open at Pinehurst in Thursday’s opening round and then repeated the amazing feat in his performance on Friday’s second round. The TaylorMade-adidas Golf Tour staff professional showed strength and character and became the first player to win The Players Championships and the U.S. Open in the same season. He is projected to now jump to fifth in the official rankings.
Kaymer has been a TaylorMade-adidas Golf Tour Professional for 4 years and is known for his reluctance to make equipment changes. However, last year he made the addition of the No. 1 played Driver model on the PGA & European Tour, the TaylorMade SLDR Driver. He also added the new Tour Preferred MC Irons to his bag at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February. Prior to the U.S. Open Championship, Kaymer had a Tour Preferred 3-iron de-lofted to a 2-iron for low trajectory shots and maximum roll on Pinehurst’s fast fairways. In addition to his bag full of TaylorMade clubs, Kaymer has worn the adidas Golf adicross gripmore since the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March, where he praised the shoe’s comfort and performance attributes.
Playing at Pinehurst is always special for Kaymer, 29, who said “The way I played golf in the first few days was very good and fortunately I could bring it home. Overall, it was a very, very good week for me and my main goal this year was to make the Ryder Cup team. I hope it is enough.”
Kaymer is only the fourth player in last 20 years to win a second major championship before turning 30 and his final total of 271 has become the second lowest score in U.S. Open history.
After Thursday’s impressive performance, it was hard for the other competitors to catch up. Whilst both Bradley Keegan and Jim Furyk played well, they failed to score low enough to challenge the remarkable lead. Adam Scott, currently ranked number 1 in the world, finished at 2-over, whilst Rory McIlroy finished at 6-over. Kaymer’s biggest challenger proved to be Erik Compton, the 34 year old recipient of two heart transplants. He finished at 1-under after back to back bogeys took him out of contention for the title.