PINEHURST, United States (AFP) - Germany’s Martin Kaymer won the 114th US Open on Sunday, firing a final-round one-under par 69 to complete a wire-to-wire triumph by an eight-stroke margin at Pinehurst.
Kaymer, who won his second major title after his 2010 PGA Championship victory finished 72 holes on nine-under 271, the second-lowest total in US Open history.
Americans Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton shared second on 279, each after firing final-round 72s.
Kaymer became only the seventh player to win after leading every round, joining a select champions’ list that includes Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, James Barnes and Tony Jacklin.
The 29-year-old from Dusseldorf became the first man from continental Europe to win the US Open crown and the fourth European winner in five seasons.
Kaymer followed his US Open record-low start of back-to-back 65s with a 72 to lead by five entering the last round and then managed his edge to the end.