Cool facts about Martin Kaymer’s victory
By Bernie D'Amato under US Open


Here is what Martin Kaymer accomplished with his victory at the 114th U.S. Open. Facts are courtesy of the PGA Tour.

Martin Kaymer became the seventh player (8 times) to win a U.S. Open in wire-to-wire fashion joining Walter Hagen (1914), James Barnes (1921), Ben Hogan (1953), Tony Jacklin (1970), Tiger Woods (2000, 2002) and Rory McIlroy (2011).

Kaymer’s 271 total trails only McIlroy’s 268 total at Congressional in 2011. His winning score of 9-under trails McIlroy’s score (16-under) from ’11 and Woods’ score (12-under) from the 2000 Open at Pebble Beach.

What Martin Kaymer earns for winning the 2014 U.S. Open:

  • 10-year U.S. Open exemption
  • Five-year exemption to the Masters, Open Championship, PGA Championship and PLAYERS Championship
  • Five-year exemption on the PGA TOUR
  • 600 FedExCup points

Kaymer carried a five-stroke lead into the final round, winning for the second time in as many attempts when holding the 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR (2014 PLAYERS Championship).

Notches his third official PGA TOUR victory (2010 PGA Championship, 2014 PLAYERS Championship, 2014 U.S. Open). He also won the 2011 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions (unofficial).

Win comes in his 76th PGA TOUR start at the age of 29 years, 5 months and 18 days. Records the 15th win by a player on the PGA Tour in his 20s this season, compared to 15 in their 30s and one in his 40s (John Senden).

One of only four players to have a victory at THE PLAYERS (2014), a World Golf Championships event (2011 HSBC Champions) and a major (2010 PGA Championship, 2014 U.S. Open), along with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott.

Records the eighth win by an international player in the last 11 U.S. Opens: Retief Goosen (2004), Michael Campbell (2005), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Angel Cabrera (2007), Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011), Justin Rose (2013), Kaymer (2014).

Major championship winners from Germany: Bernhard Langer (1985, 1993 Masters) and Martin Kaymer (2010 PGA Championship, 2014 U.S. Open).

Highlights of the week:

  • First player to open the first 36 holes of a major with rounds of 65 or better (65-65)
  • 10-under 130 is the lowest 36-hole score in U.S. Open history (topping Rory McIlroy’s 131 in 2011) and equals the lowest in a major: Brandt Snedeker (2012) and Nick Faldo (1992) at the Open Championship.
  • 10-under 130 is his lowest opening 36-hole score on the PGA TOUR
  • In the three times Pinehurst No. 2 has hosted the U.S. Open, is the only player with a round of 65 or better.
  • 6-stroke 36-hole lead tied Tiger Woods (2000) and Rory McIlroy (2011) for largest ever at U.S. Open
  • 8-under 202 is the third-lowest 54-hole score in U.S. Open history and the lowest of his career by two.

Became the sixth player to reach double digits under par in a U.S. Open, joining Gil Morgan (1992), Tiger Woods (2000), Jim Furyk (2003), Ricky Barnes (2009) and Rory McIlroy (2011). Of that group, Woods, Furyk, McIlroy, and Kaymer went on to win.

Fastest to reach double digits under par at the U.S. Open:

26 holes – Rory McIlroy (2011)

32 holes – Martin Kaymer (2014)

39 holes – Gil Morgan (1992)

40 holes – Jim Furyk (2003), Rickie Barnes (2009)

66 holes – Tiger Woods (2000)

Becomes the first player to win the U.S. Open and PLAYERS Championship in the same year. He is the eighth to win both events during a career, joining Lee Trevino, Jerry Pate, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Tom Kite, Lee Janzen and Tiger Woods.

Becomes the fourth player to win a major in the same season as their victory at THE PLAYERS, joining Tiger Woods (2001 Masters), Hal Sutton (1983 PGA Championship) and Jack Nicklaus (1978 Open Championship).

Prior to matching 65s to open this week, Kaymer’s previous-best round at the U.S. Open was 69 (R2/2009, R3/2012). He now owns five sub-70 scores in 26 overall rounds at the event.

Wins in his seventh start at the U.S. Open, with his previous-best finishes coming in 2010 (T8) and 2012 (T15).

Wins in his 26th start in a major championship, with his four previous top-10 finishes coming in a five-major stretch from 2009 to 2010: 2009 PGA Championship (T6), 2010 U.S. Open (T8), 2010 Open Championship (T7) and 2010 PGA Championship (won).

Wins in his 12th start of the PGA TOUR season, with his win at the U.S. Open and PLAYERS Championship among his three top 10s (T8 at the WGC-HSBC Champions).

Becomes the fourth multiple winner of the season on the PGA TOUR, joining three-time winner Jimmy Walker and two-time winners Patrick Reed and Bubba Watson.

Records the 50th win by the 54-hole leader/co-leader at the U.S. Open.

Dating to the 2009 Masters (22 majors), Kaymer is just the sixth player (seven times) to carry the 54-hole lead/co-lead on to victory in a Major Championship, joining Bubba Watson (2014 Masters), Rory McIlroy (2012 PGA Championship, 2011 U.S. Open), Darren Clarke (2011 British Open), Louis Oosthuizen (2010 British Open) and Angel Cabrera (2009 Masters).

Is just the third 54-hole leader/co-leader in the last 10 U.S. Opens to carry that lead on to victory, joining Tiger Woods (2008) and Rory McIlroy (2011).

On the PGA TOUR this season, records the 16th win out of 30 stroke-play events by the 54-hole leader/co-leader.