Martin Kaymer goes for history on Sunday at the 2014 US Open
Martin Kaymer has proven himself a closer over and over again -- will Sunday be the latest in a long line of him shutting down tournaments?
Martin Kaymer closed things out in style on Saturday at the 2014 US Open because that's what Martin Kaymer does. He closes.
Kaymer birdied the last to shoot an outstanding 72 on a day when scores were so high they would have made the state of Colorado raise an eyebrow.
Here's a look:
Kaymer survived a rocky start that included taking an unplayable lie from a mound of pine straw and a tremendous eagle on the fifth hole to maintain a five stroke lead over the field. He's 8 under. Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton are the next closest at 3 under.
Here's what that looks like:
202: Kaymer 203: — 204: — 205: — 206: — 207: Fowler and Compton 208: Stenson and DJ 209: Sneds 210: Kuchar and Koepka— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) June 14, 2014
He is trying to become just the 8th golfer ever to go wire-to-wire at a US Open, a feat he knows (and just experienced at the Players Championship) will not be easy.
"Anything can happen on a course like this," he said after Saturday's round.
Only two of the last nine third-round US Open leaders have gone on to win the tournament. Their names? How about Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
Kaymer already shares something in common with them this week -- they are now the only three golfers to ever lead a US Open by six strokes after 36 holes.
But he'll try to share something else with them. Shutting things down at a US Open. As Doug Ferguson pointed out, it will be a monstrous story if he blows things, too.
Go back 95 years to find the last guy to blow a 5-shot lead in final round of US. Open. And no, he's not the father of Greg, Peter and Bobby— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) June 14, 2014
He's also trying to become just the second golfer to do this:
Only European-born player to win 2 majors, 10 @EuropeanTour titles & be world no. 1 before age 30 is Seve Ballesteros. Kaymer would be 2nd.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) June 14, 2014
When it's just you and Seve on a list, that's a hell of a list.
To add to that Kaymer would become just the fourth golfer ever to win a US Open, a Players Championship, and a PGA Championship.
The other four, I believe you've heard of them?
|Golfers to win US Open, PGA, and Players|
|Golfer||US Opens||PGA Championships||Players Championships|
Another amazing list to put yourself on.
But for all the stats and data and hyperbole thrown Kaymer's way, only one number truly matters. That would be "18" as in playing 18 US Open holes on a Sunday with the golf world breathing down your neck.
We saw him fold a little at the Players Championship a month ago before closing like the stud he's been in his career.
"At the end of the day, it comes down to the last five, six holes." Kaymer said. "So it will be nice to see how I will react, if I'm leading by five, six, seven shots, or if I'm down to maybe one or two behind. Everything is still open."
What will he do on Sunday?
Whatever it is, it will be historic.
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