PINEHURST, N.C. — Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in dominating fashion Sunday with a four-day total of 271, 9-under par. He led all four days, beating Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler by eight strokes.
Kaymer, who led Fowler and Compton by five strokes entering the final round, shot a 1-under 69.
Only Rory McIlroy (16 under in 2011) and Tiger Woods (12 under in 2000) posted lower 72-hole scores at the Open. Kaymer’s four-day total of 271 is second lowest in Open history, to McIlroy’s 268 in 2011 at Congressional Country Club in suburban Washington.
Fowler and Compton tied for second at 1 under, both shooting 2-over 72s on Sunday.
Kaymer did exactly what he had to do for all four days. He made the tournament his own Thursday and Friday, taking advantage of soft conditions while posting identical 65s in what was the lowest 36-hole start in Open history. When Pinehurst toughened up Saturday, he kept the field at bay with a solid 72. Sunday, he returned to his dominant self, allowing Compton to briefly get to within four strokes at one point, but otherwise keeping the tournament in a stranglehold.
Phil Mickelson concluded a failed attempt at winning the “career slam,” going 7 over for the tournament after a 2-over-par 72 on Sunday.
“In this day and age, somebody’s going to play well to win the Open, so you’ve got to have it all firing,” said Mickelson, 43, whose most recent top-10 finish came last August at the Barclays. “And I didn’t have it all firing. I feel like in the next five years, I’ll have two or three good chances to win.”
England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick was low amateur, finishing at 11 over after an impressive 69 Sunday.