Sunday notebook at the U.S. Open

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 03:58 AM

WHAT THE CHAMP SAID

"When you lead such a big tournament with five shots, it's very, very difficult to keep going. And therefore it was very nice that I could make some solid shots the first five, six holes, and I was one under par, so I was in control. And that was the most important thing for me to stay in control of the golf tournament."

On coming back and playing at Pinehurst sometime...

"I hope I can play for free now. I don't pay if I come here? I would pay for my guests, but I hope I can get for free in here."

- Martin Kaymer

  HOLE IN ONE

Zach Johnson aced No. 9 with a 7-iron from 168 yards in Sunday's final round, then celebrated with high fives along the gallery. It is his first in competiton and third ever.

"Yeah, I mean it makes a pretty sour to average week a little sweeter, right? Especially on Father's Day," he said.

  LOW AMATEUR

Matthew Fitzpatrick was the only amateur to make the cut and shot his first under-par round, a 69 on Sunday, of what's assuredly many more to come for the 19-year-old English player.

He was grouped with Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson Thursday and Friday and was entirely composed playing with huge names in front of huge galleries. Fitzpatrick is the first player to hold the title of low amateur at the U.S. Open and British Open at the same time since Bob Jones in 1930.

Fitzpatrick is debuting as a pro this week in the European Tour's Irish Open.

  No. 10 and No. 4

The fifth hole on No. 2, which saw nine eagles in the four days, was the easier of the two par fives until Sunday. No. 10, still set at 617 yards, allowed no eagles but 29 birdies and 34 pars. It averaged 4.627 shots a player. No. 5 averaged 4.746 strokes

No. 4, a 529-yard par four and one of four par fours topping 500 yards Sunday, was the most difficult hole in the last round at 4.433 strokes.

  KAYMER BY THE NUMBERS

It's clear enough, but there was no weakness in Martin Kaymer's U.S. Open championship.

* Birdies - 1st, 16

* Putts - 3rd, 27.5 per round

* Fairways hit - T9th, 43/56

* Greens in regulation - 45/72

* Driving distance - 7th, 305.5

  MORE ON THE CHAMP

Martin Kaymer’s eight-stroke victory is tied for the fourth-largest margin of victory in U.S. Open history. Tiger Woods (2000, 15 strokes), Willie Smith (1899, 11) and James Barnes (1921, nine) are the only players with larger winning margins.

Kaymer’s total ties Rory McIlroy’s eight-stroke victory in 2011.Kaymer’s 72-hole total of 271 is the second-lowest score in U.S. Open history. McIlroy’s 268 at the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional is the lowest.

Kaymer’s 9-under-par score ranks behind only McIlroy (2011, -16) and Tiger Woods (2000, -12) for most strokes under par in a U.S. Open.

Kaymer is the first German to win a U.S. Open. Kaymer is the second German to win a major championship, having previously won the 2010 PGA Championship to join Bernard Langer, winner of the 1985 and 1993 Masters.

Kaymer is the first player to win both the U.S. Open and The Players Championship in the same year.

The 2014 championship came in Kaymer’s seventh U.S. Open appearance. His best previous finish was tied for eighth in 2010 at Pebble Beach. He had never previously broken par for 72 holes in a U.S. Open.


THE PURSE

1. Martin Kaymer - $1,620,000

t2. Erik Compton - $789,330

t2. Rickie Fowler - $789,330

t4. Keegan Bradley - $326,310

t4. Jason Day - $326,310

t4. Brooks Koepka - $326,310

t4. Dustin Johnson - $326,310

t4. Henrik Stenson - $326,310

t9. Adam Scott - $211,715

t9. Jimmy Walker - $211,715

t9. Brandt Snedeker - $211,715

t48. Matthew Fitzpatrick (a) - $0

67. Toru Taniguchi - $19,980