Just the one tournament last week. But what a tournament and what a performance…
Martin Kaymer (40/1) turning the 114th US Open into a series of practice rounds as the German Ryder Cup player hammered the field by 8 shots.
A second major title of 2014, to add to the Players Championship, and a second major win of his career… adding to the 2010 US PGA.
Here’s how it all played out at Pinehurst…
Kaymer crushes world’s best to win the 2014 US Open
If there was any doubt that Kaymer was going to win this year’s US Open after an opening round 65…
Then his second round (another 5-under-par 65) pretty much eradicated all hope for the chasing pack.
By this point, the German already had one hand, if not two, on the trophy.
His 10-under halfway score setting a new major championship record… previously Rory McIlroy had shot 131 in the 2011 US Open at Congressional.
Going into the weekend all the 29-year-old needed to do was play ‘par golf’ through R3 & 4… which he did, for the most part, posting 72-69 for a 9-under-par total.
That allowed him to coast to victory, a full 8 shots ahead of his nearest challengers, Americans Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton.
Of course, Kaymer had a major-winning pedigree, and was a proven tournament winner on the European Tour and US PGA Tour… but his previous form in this event was modest (T59th-T15th-T39th-T8th-MC-T53rd).
However, he was a player in form in 2014… winning the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass (the so-called 5th Major) just a few weeks earlier.
Kaymer became the 4th European winner of the US Open in the past 5 years.
He joined the list of Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2012) and Justin Rose (2013)… before this the last European winner was Tony Jacklin in 1970!
Here’s the final placings in North Carolina along with the outright US Open golf betting odds.
US Open – Results
Not a horrendous week for the layers… the main market leaders (McIlroy, Scott and Phil Mickelson) failed to land a telling blow but Kaymer certainly attracted the support of some shrewd money throughout the week.
This week’s golf betting tips…
• After struggling with injury, Australian Jason Day is coming back to form. The 2014 World Matchplay winner posted a R4 68 to finish T4th (he was T68th after R1) and looks one of the more likely candidates to be the next ‘first time’ major winner.
• Adam Scott also overcame a R1 73 to post another Top 10 at a major… the 2013 US Masters champion finishing T9th. He too will remain a threat at the season’s remaining majors – the Open Championship & PGA Championship.
• Dustin Johnson again leaves an event with a question mark against his name… having got himself into a decent position at halfway (69-69 for T5th) his weekend scores of 70-73 followed a common theme, as the American once again failed to build on a good postion. Has the ‘game’ to win big… but when is he going to finally claim a major title?
• Brooks Koepka has caught the eye several times on the European Tour (along with his Challenge Tour wins)… but this T4th in a US major showed real progress and rubber-stamped the previous potential shown by the 24-year-old.
• 28-year-old American, Brendon Todd also went into the notebook after rounds of 69-67-79-69. The winner of the Byron Nelson is on a good run of form at the moment (1-T5th-T8th-T17th). He came back well from that R3 blip.
• Another player with abundant potential is Rickie Fowler. However, the 25-year-old still has just the one career win (Wells Fargo Championship 2012) and remains a risky proposition in outright betting.
This week the players head back to Europe for the Irish Open at the Fota Island Resort in County Cork.
Meanwhile in the States, the action stays on the Eastern seaboard with the Travelers Championship from TPC River Highlands, Connecticut.
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