By The Numbers: 2014 US Open Champion Martin Kaymer is a Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad Man


It was a dominating performance at Pinehurst No.2 for Martin Kaymer and he capped off the week by capturing his 2nd major title at the US Open.  So just how dominant was his performance.. well.. let’s take a look:

After 36 holes played:

  • Kaymer’s 36-hole total of 130 is the lowest score for the first 36 holes in a U.S. Open. The previous record was held by Rory McIlroy, who shot 131 in 2011 at Congressional.
  • His six-stroke lead tied the largest 36-hole lead in U.S. Open history. Tiger Woods (2000, Pebble Beach) and Rory McIlroy (2011, Congressional) also had six-stroke leads.
  • He became the sixth player in U.S. Open history to reach double digits under par. He joins Gil Morgan (1992), Tiger Woods (2000), Jim Furyk (2003), Ricky Barnes (2009) and Rory McIlroy (2011).
  • Kaymer joins Rory McIlroy (2011) as the only players to be double digits under par through 36 holes at a U.S. Open.
  • He reached double digits under par in 32 holes – the second-fastest in U.S. Open history. Rory McIlroy reached double digits under par in 26 holes in 2011 at Congressional.
  • Kaymer is the 1st player to open a major championship with consecutive rounds of 65 or better.
  • He ranks in the top 5 in all three major statistical categories: Fairways Hit (T-2, 25/28), Greens in Regulation (T-5, 26/36), and Total Putts (T-4, 54).
  • Kaymer has held a 36-hole lead on seven occasions. He has gone on to win four times, including the 2014 Players Championship.

After 72 holes played:

  • Martin Kaymer’s eight-stroke victory is tied for the fourth-largest margin of victory in U.S. Open history. Tiger Woods (2000, 15 strokes), Willie Smith (1899, 11 strokes) and James Barnes (1921, nine strokes) are the only players with larger winning margins. Kaymer’s total ties Rory McIlroy’s eight-stroke victory in 2011.
  • Martin Kaymer’s eight-stroke victory in the 2014 U.S. Open is tied for the ninth-largest margin of victory in major championship history.
  • Martin Kaymer’s 72-hole total of 271 is the second-lowest score in U.S. Open history. Rory McIlroy’s 268 at the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional is the lowest.
  • Martin Kaymer’s 9-under-par score ranks behind only Rory McIlroy (2011, 16 under) and Tiger Woods (2000, 12 under) for most strokes under par in a U.S. Open.
  • Martin Kaymer is the first German to win a U.S. Open. Kaymer is the second German to win a major championship, having previously won the 2010 PGA Championship to join Bernard Langer, winner of the 1985 and 1993 Masters.
  • Martin Kaymer is the 1st player from continental Europe to win the U.S. Open.
  • Martin Kaymer is the 1st player to win both the U.S. Open and The Players Championship in the same year.
  • Martin Kaymer is the 34th foreign-born U.S. Open champion. Eight of the last 11 U.S. Open winners are foreign-born: Retief Goosen (2004), Michael Campbell (2005), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Angel Cabrera (2007), Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011), Justin Rose (2013) and Kaymer (2014).
  • Martin Kaymer is the eighth U.S. Open champion who led start-to-finish with no ties. Walter Hagen (1914), James Barnes (1921), Ben Hogan (1953), Tony Jacklin (1970), Tiger Woods (2000, 2002) and Rory McIlroy (2011) are the others.
  • Martin Kaymer also won start-to-finish at the 2014 Players Championship.
  • Martin Kaymer is the 18th player to have won both the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship.
  • Martin Kaymer has won on six out of seven occasions when he has held the 54-hole lead in PGA Tour and PGA European Tour tournaments.
  • Martin Kaymer is just the third 54-hole leader to win the U.S. Open in the last 10 years. Rory McIlroy (2011) and Tiger Woods (2008) are the others.
  • The 2014 championship came in Martin Kaymer’s seventh U.S. Open appearance. His best previous finish was a T-8 in 2010 at Pebble Beach. He had never previously broken par for 72 holes in a U.S. Open.


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