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2014 U.S. Open, Round 4: Martin Kaymer dominates

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Right after the final putt drops, Martin Kaymer celebrates — Getty Images

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The story all week was the incredible play of Martin Kaymer, who was on a different level than the rest of the field. His opening 65s were historic, and his Saturday 72 was impressive in an "it could have been much worse" way. But his final round 1-under 69, when the pressure was on, showed Kaymer wasn't going to let nerves get to him.

On a Sunday when nobody near the lead really did anything of substance at Pinehurst, it was Kaymer who played a beautiful round to win the U.S. Open by eight shots.

Kaymer's win wasn't the only notable story Sunday. There was also the play of Erik Compton, a man on his third heart and playing just his second major championship.

Compton was one of the only men to give Kaymer any sort of push in the final round, eventually making three bogeys on his back nine to fall to 1-under for the championship, but good enough for a spot in the Masters next year, the first time he will be at Augusta National.

The story of Compton is amazing, and the way he has overcome all the obstacles makes watching him play this level of golf that much better.

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Martin Kaymer probably wins this category each day, for different reasons, but the low round of the day belonged to Daniel Berger.

He shot a 4-under 66, the lowest non-Martin Kaymer round of the week at Pinehurst No. 2, notable considering he plays on the Web.com Tour. The round of 4-under included five birdies and just one bogey, and jumped him all the way up to a T-28 after a Saturday round of 78 plummeted him on the leaderboard.

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This hole-in-one by Zach Johnson was only the second ever at a Pinehurst-hosted U.S. Open.

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"Martin was playing his own tournament." — Rickie Fowler, after he finished his Sunday round, on Kaymer's week at Pinehurst

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Justin Rose pays tribute to Payne Stewart by recreating his famous fist pump on the 18th green at Pinehurst — Getty Images

Justin Rose pays tribute to Payne Stewart by recreating his famous fist pump on the 18th green at Pinehurst — Getty …

 

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

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LPGA players Jaye Marie Green, Brittany Lincicome, Belen Mozo and Brittany Lang watch the men as they prepare for the Women's U.S. Open hosted at Pinehurst next week — Getty Images

LPGA players Jaye Marie Green, Brittany Lincicome, Belen Mozo and Brittany Lang watch the men as they prepare for …

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While the drama wasn't extraordinary on Sunday with the way Martin Kaymer was playing, the big moment that extended his lead was on the par-4 4th.

Kaymer birdied on No. 3 to extend his lead over Rickie Fowler, but with plenty of holes to go, there was still a little drama left in the tournament. But Fowler's double-bogey on No. 4 pretty much gave Kaymer the breathing room he needed to have a cool and collected final round, and win this championship with ease.

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Hunter Mahan, who was penalized two shots for hitting the wrong golf ball on Friday, sent this humorous tweet Sunday. Mahan missed the cut by just one shot at Pinehurst.

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The PGA Tour rolls on with the Travelers Championship, but next week will be historic with the women's U.S. Open being held on the same course that we just watched all week.

Pinehurst No. 2 is hosting both Opens, and coverage begins Thursday, so make sure to tune in to see how the LPGA players handle the course the PGA Tour guys just finished.

Also check back with us throughout the week, and the weekend, for all the golf news you'll need as we slowly make our way to the British Open which kicks off July 17.

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