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Kaymer Is German For Clinic

PINEHURST, NORTH CAROLINA | It’s too early to know if they will one day erect a bronze statue of Martin Kaymer behind the 18th green at Pinehurst No. 2 to join the air-punching Payne Stewart, course designer Donald Ross, resort creator Richard Tufts and former owner Robert Dedman Sr.
It’s already crowded in the little garden back there.
Michael Campbell won the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst and he didn’t get a statue. Shoot, he hardly got a mention in the past week while Kaymer was busy deconstructing the reconstructed No. 2. Kaymer gets $1.6 million and his name on the big silver trophy for winning the U.S. Open by eight ahead of Erik Compton and his enormous heart and the neon-hued Rickie Fowler. He also adds his name to Bernhard Langer’s in the previously closed discussion of greatest German golfer ever.
It feels like Kaymer deserves more. That’s how good he was for four sunstruck days in the Carolina Sandhills. Kaymer didn’t just win the U.S. Open, he owned it. He couldn’t have been more in charge had they let him mow the greens, set the pins and hand out parking passes. Had the U.S. Women’s Open not been booked on No. 2 this week, they could have played for another week and no one was going to catch the Germanator.
Yes, Kaymer bleached the drama out of this U.S. Open by lunchtime Friday, by which time he’d painted a pair of matching 65s on the scoreboard, a sight never before seen in the first two rounds of what’s supposed to be the toughest golf tournament under the sun.
“He kind of killed the event the first two days,” said Henrik Stenson, among the many who tried but failed to pressure Kaymer.


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