Kaymer wins U.S. Open

Kaymer had the third-most strokes under par in U.S. Open history. Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Kaymer closed with a 1-under 69 Sunday afternoon to win the U.S. Open at Pinehurst by eight strokes, becoming only the seventh wire-to-wire winner in the event’s 114 years.

Kaymer set the 36-hole scoring record by opening with a pair of 65s for 10-under and was the only player from the last eight groups to break par on Sunday. He finished 9-under 271, the second-lowest score in U.S. Open history next to Rory McIlroy’s 268 at Congressional in 2011, to outdistance Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, who tied for second.

Kaymer was so dominant that no one got closer than four shots over the final 48 holes.

It is the second major for the 29-year-old German, who also won the 2010 PGA Championship. He also became the fourth European in the last five years to win the U.S. Open after Europeans had gone 40 years without winning.