We all know that Martin Kaymer won the second major of the year by an outstanding eight shots. But was it the course that was the true champion?
There is much debate over the layout of the course with a large amount of sprinklers being removed and a few left down the centre of the fairways and around the greens. This ultimately means the fairways and greens were well watered and therefore rolling nice. But as you move further away from the centre of the fairways the grass becomes burnt and creates a desert like effect along with the sand which is a common feature at Pinehurst No2. The rough was removed and a few fairways widened. Most people will read that and think ‘keep it in play and what could go wrong?’ Well, a lot. With the greens having extreme run-offs on all sides, one bad approach shot will leave the players with a near impossible up and down. Some of the flag positions were irrational at times and forced the players to play smart. There was only one man who did play smart and that is of course the German Mastermind Martin Kaymer.
Kaymer attacked the pins on the first two days carding two rounds of 65 which straight away gave him a lead of six shots. On the third day as his rivals began to drop away one by one, the German began to play smart and preserved his lead. Many viewers thought this was a boring approach, but I think it was a stroke of genius. Why force the play and make mistakes when you can make pars and a couple of birdies here and there and keep that lead. With no one able to challenge him then surely it is their fault for Kaymers comfortable win?
Martin Kaymer became the first German to win the US Open and has already won two titles in just 12 events on the PGA Tour this season. He won the Players Championship also known as the fifth major earlier in the year and has followed it up with his greatest win ever. Kaymer came off of a poor 2013 season and took some time away to work on his swing. It certainly seems to have worked as he creeps up the FedEx cup standings and the World Rankings.