Ten things to know about the final round of the 2014 US Open


Rickie Fowler and Martin Kaymer provided us with a fun Sunday at Pinehurst. (Getty Images)
Rickie Fowler and Martin Kaymer provided us with a fun Sunday at Pinehurst. (Getty Images)

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Martin Kaymer ended the 2014 US Open exactly how he started it, in style. The big German shot a 69 on Sunday to win the US Open by an astounding eight shots and it really wasn't even that close.

Here are 10 things you need to know about the final round of the US Open.

1. Kaymer closed so hard: It was a performance for the ages by Martin Kaymer. He posted the second-lowest 72-hole score in US Open history with a 271 (Rory McIlroy had a 268 in 2011).

And he did it with a lights-out 69 in his final traipse around Pinehurst on Sunday. Somehow there was nothing notable in terms of drama on Sunday and yet it was still a tremendous event.

2. No challengers: Nobody came at Kaymer all week, really, and especially not on Sunday. I'm pretty sure that's a "Kaymer was just incredible" issue more than it is a "nobody else was any good" issue but it sucked the drama out of the tournament by Friday evening.

This really says it all:

3. No drama: The "beauty" of a US Open Sunday is that you pile up a plethora of guys on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and watch them drive it off a cliff on Sunday. Kaymer stole that from us with his five-shot lead heading to the final 18. 

There was plenty of driving off cliffs, just not by the leader.

4. This is just absolutely insanely tough to do:

5. Fan reaction was pathetic: Martin Kaymer was posting one of the all-time historic major performances and the galleries at Pinehurst were acting like he was cleaning up a Friday 78 with their reactions.

There were multiple times when fans cheered Kaymer mistakes which is about at terrible as it gets at a golf tournament. Especially with the way Kaymer was playing.

6. Unfortunate way for NBC to go out: I kind of feel bad for Dan Hicks, Johnny Miller and Co. They're always a great group and they got a stinker of a tournament to go out on. Their emotional goodby was pretty great.

On to Fox and next year at Chambers Bay should be plenty interesting. 

7. Here is where the 2014 US Open ended: Martin Kaymer, door-closer. He was up six going to the back nine and could have seven-putted from 15 feet on the last hole and won.

8. This was my favorite random moment of the last round: Watch the dad pick up his kid.

9. You want to know something scary? Martin Kaymer isn't 30 yet. He has two majors, 10 European wins, a Players, and has already been No. 1 in the world.

According to Justin Ray of Golf Channel Kaymer joins Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as the only golfers since 2000 to win two majors while still in their 20s.

10. The little-known Ma and Pa Slam is all Kaymer's: I knew this was in play on Sunday but I never thought to call it the Ma and Pa Slam. Killer.

Kaymer noted this as well as the German Slam (he and Bernhard Langer combined) in his post-round comments.

"We're almost the German grand slam, just the British Open missing," said Kaymer. "Winning the PGA, this one now, I hope it will make Bernhard proud, all of Germany proud.

"It was nice to win on Mother's Day ... Father's Day was a couple weeks ago in Germany, I didn't get my father anything that day so hopefully this works."

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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