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Live Blog From Pinehurst: Martin’s March: Kaymer Goes Wire-To-Wire, Wins 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 June 2014 19:28 Sunday, 15 June 2014 17:01

by Alfie Lau
 

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Martin Kaymer’s victory parade lasted 36 holes at Pinehurst #2.
 
In one of the most dominating U.S. Open performances in the last 20 years not performed by Tiger Woods (2000) or Rory McIlroy (2011), the smooth swinging and unflappable German never saw his lead fall to less than four strokes on Sunday and he would win by 8 strokes after a final round (+1) 69 left him at (-9) for the tournament.
 
Kaymer’s margin of victory would equal McIlroy’s but still fall far short of Tiger’s 15-stroke evisceration of the field 14 years ago.

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Live Blog From Pinehurst: Change In The Air At U.S. Open

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 June 2014 10:55 Sunday, 15 June 2014 10:03

by Alfie Lau
 

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The strange sight of Natalie Gulbis pounding range balls beside Aaron Baddeley is a sign that big changes have come and will continue to come to the U.S. Open.
 
Baddeley may have been envious of Gulbis being able to wear short shorts on this swelteringly hot North Carolina afternoon, but as the men prepare to exit stage left, the women are ready to take centre stage with their National Open on the same Pinehurst #2.
 
German Sandra Gal and American Lexi Thompson soon followed and unlike most men’s tournaments, where the photogenic women getting camera time are often the wives and girlfriends of the PGA TOUR stars, these women, to quote a PGA TOUR marketing slogan, are good.

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Live Blog From Pinehurst: Martin Kaymer Continues To Lead U.S. Open By A Bundle

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 June 2014 17:27 Saturday, 14 June 2014 17:15

by Alfie Lau
 

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The chasers’ names kept changing all afternoon at Pinehurst, but the leader was the same name we’ve been seeing since Thursday afternoon.
 
German Martin Kaymer didn’t shoot a third straight 65 on the tough Pinehurst #2 Course on Saturday, but he did limit the damage with a (+2) round of 72 that leaves him at (-8) for the tournament. 
 
Kaymer started the day with a six-stroke lead and at the end of the day, he still has a five-stroke lead with only 18 holes left to play.
 
Kaymer only had two red figures on his card for the day, but they came at the most opportune times.

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Live Blog From Pinehurst: Carnage Saturday At U.S. Open At Pinehurst

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 June 2014 12:23 Saturday, 14 June 2014 11:59

by Alfie Lau
 

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After 156 players completed their first two rounds of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, the worst recorded scores on the tough, but fair #2 Course were 83, shot by Azuma Yano and Oliver Goss on Friday.
 
But as the early starters on Saturday made their way around the course, the ugly numbers started coming in. Japan’s Toru Taniguchi carded an 18-over round of 88 and he will have the dubious honour of going out solo on Sunday morning, pending any withdrawals from the current field of 67.

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Live Blog From Pinehurst: The Fight To Be First Runner-Up At 2014 U.S. Open

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 June 2014 11:59 Saturday, 14 June 2014 11:26

 
by Alfie Lau
 

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Covering blowouts in any sport isn’t fun.
 
In a society which values winners and doesn’t want excuses from losers, it is hard to find exciting stories outside of the runaway six-stroke lead by German Martin Kaymer midway through the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
 
One media wag joked that his lead sidebar might be Phil Mickelson’s quest to secure his record seventh runner-up finish at the U.S. Open.
 
Phil has even abandoned the claw putting grip that he starting using again last week in Memphis and then for the first round at Pinehurst on Thursday, ostensibly because he thought he had better grip control with the claw on the fast North Carolina greens.

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