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PINEHURST---The US Open trophy Martin
Kaymer won Sunday was all he needed to
prove he was anything but a one-hit wonder
in the majors, and that the two years he spent
trying to build a complete game were worth
all the doubt that followed him.
As he set it down on the table, Kaymer rubbed
off a tiny smudge on the gleaming silver, which
was only fitting.
Over four days at Pinehurst No 2, he dusted
the field in a performance that ranks among
Kaymer set the 36-hole scoring record by
opening with a pair of 65s. He never let anyone
closer than four shots over the final 48 holes.
Equipped with a five-shot lead, he was the
only player from the last eight groups to break
"You want to win majors in your career, but
if you can win one more, it means so much
more," Kaymer said after closing with a 1-under
69 for an eight-shot victory over Rickie Fowler
and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik
"Some people, especially when I went through
that low, called me a one-hit wonder and those
things. So it s quite nice proof, even though I
don t feel like I need to prove a lot to people.
But somehow, it s quite satisfying to have two
under your belt."
The 29-year-old German is a forgotten star
Kaymer returned to the elite in golf by turning
the toughest test in golf into a runaway at Pine-
hurst No 2, becoming only the seventh player
to go wire-to-wire in the 114 years of the US
Open. Only three players finished the cham-
pionship under par.
Only a late bogey kept Kaymer from joining
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as the only
players to finish a US Open in double digits
under par. He let his putter fall to the ground
when his 15-foot par putt on the 18th hole
dropped into the center of the cup, like so many
others had this week.
Kaymer finished at 9-under 271.
His last two wins are the US Open and The
Players Championship, with the strongest and
deepest field in golf. He never trailed after any
round in both of them.
This US Open really ended Friday.
No one had ever opened 65-65 in the US
Open, which broke the 36-hole record that
McIlroy set three years ago rain-softened Con-
gressional. When it could have gotten away
from Kaymer in the third round, he stayed
strong for a stabilizing 72.
"He kind of killed the event in the first two
days," Henrik Stenson said. "He went out and
shot two 65s and left everyone in the dust."
He did it again in the final round.
Knowing the gallery was against him---the
loud cheers for Fowler, clapping when Kaymer s
ball bounded over the back of the second green
---he holed a 10-foot par putt, and then drilled
a driver on the 313-yard third hole onto the
green to set up a two-putt birdie.
Fowler, in the final group of a major for the
first time, fell back quickly on the fourth hole.
He sent his third shot from a sandy path over
the green and into some pine trees and had to
make a 25-foot putt just to escape with double
Compton was the only player who really put
up a fight. His birdie on No 8 got him within
four shots. Three bogeys in a five-hole stretch
on the back nine did him in. Even so, Compton
received a standing ovation walking the 18th
green. He somehow scratched out a par from
50 yards away against the lip of a bunker.
It wasn t the Hollywood script he wanted,
but it wasn t a bad consolation --- his first trip
to the Masters next April.
"I ve never gotten this far along in my story,"
Compton said. "I m thrilled."
Kaymer joined Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els,
Woods and McIlroy as the only players to win
two majors and be No 1 in the world before
turning 30 since the world ranking began in
1986. He is the fourth European in the last five
years to win the US Open, after Europeans had
gone 40 years without this title.
Kaymer was as low as No. 63 in the world
six weeks ago. Now he goes to No 11.
Woods still holds the most dominant US
Open win---15 shots at Pebble Beach in 2000.
McIlroy holds the scoring record at 16-under
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland
failed to reach the second round
of the Aegon International when
she was beaten 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4)
by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of
But defending champion Elena
Vesnina of Russia held off a strong
challenge to beat Shuai Peng of
China 6-3, 6-4, and there was
another hard-fought victory for
2012 runner-up Angelique Kerber
of Germany, who defeated Alison
Riske of the United States 7-6 (6),
Former champion Caroline
Wozniacki of Denmark also won,
beating Australian Samantha Sto-
sur 7-5, 6-4.
Radwanska won the grass-court
tournament in 2008, but she has
since fallen in the first round four
times and not won a match at
Eastbourne since she reached the
quarterfinals in 2011.
Despite her early exit, Radwan-
ska was not too concerned about
her lack of match preparation for
Wimbledon. In 2012 after a first-
round defeat she went on to reach
the Wimbledon final, and last year
after an opening-round loss she
reached the semifinals there.
Wozniacki had to recover a break
of serve at the beginning of each
set to defeat Stosur but felt com-
fortable to be back on a surface
which netted her the 2009 title at
Eastbourne as well as the junior
trophy at Wimbledon.
Following her first round defeat
at Roland Garros, Wozniacki
enjoyed a break in Miami with
family and friends, including Ser-
Eastbourne also features No 8
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. A
former No 1, a left foot injury
restricted her to just one match
since she surrendered her Aus-
tralian Open title in the quarter-
finals in January.
Drawn to face Italian Camila
Giorgi in her opening match today,
Azarenka said, "It s not important
for me who s going to be on the
other side. I just want to see what
I can do, and just see how to raise
my level from there."
Everyone s mind inevitably is on
Wimbledon, which begins next
week, but second-seeded Petra Kvi-
tova, who reached the Eastbourne
final in 2011 before going on to claim
the Wimbledon title, is determined
to keep her focus on this week.
In the men s event, Frenchman
Jeremy Chardy beat former two-
time champion Ivo Karlovic of
Croatia 6-4, 6-4, sixth-seeded
Gilles Simon of France defeated
Australian qualifier Chris Guccione
7-6 (2), 6-4 and American Sam
Querrey beat Britain s Kyle
Edmund 7-6 (5), 6-3. AP
Tommy Haas needs a fourth oper-
ation on his right shoulder and will
miss the rest of the tennis season.
The 20th-ranked German retired
from his opening match at the French
Open last month and withdrew from
last week s Gerry Weber Open in Halle
to assess the injury.
The 36-year-old player s manage-
ment company said yesterday that
Haas has three damaged tendons in
his right shoulder, which was operated
on in 2002, 2003 and 2007.
Haas says "the diagnosis was a real
shock" and surgery "can t be avoided
because the injury is very serious."
Haas, once ranked No 2 in the world,
will undergo surgery today in New
He says he no plans to retire and
hopes for a comeback in 2015.
Haas says "I m still totally convinced
I ve good matches and tournaments
ahead of me." AP
S-HERTOGENBOSCH --- Top-seeded
David Ferrer withdrew from the grass-
court Topshelf Open yesterday and
warned he might not play at Wimble-
Ferrer, who lost to Rafael Nadal in last
year s French Open final, withdrew with-
out playing due to stomach problems.
"I m not sure if I can play at Wim-
bledon," Ferrer said, adding he came down
with flu after Roland Garros. "I m going
to talk with my doctor in Valencia tomor-
row and see. It s been 10 days now and
that s just too long for this problem."
In first-round action, fifth-seeded
Dmitry Tursunov of Russia beat Bradley
Klahn of the United States 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Tursunov had little trouble in the first
set, but each player had a break in the
second to set up the tiebreaker which
Tursunov won easily.
The men s event includes defending
champion Nicolas Mahut of France while
French Open finalist Simona Halep is the
top-seeded player in the women s tour-
Meanwhile, wild-card Michaella Kra-
jicek had two victories of a sort yesterday.
First, she beat Jana Cepelova 6-3, 4-6,
Then her boyfriend, German doubles
player Martin Emmrich, overcame an
early set of nerves and proposed to her
on center court.
With a shaky voice he called her
"Bambi," got down on one knee and
asked, "Will you marry me?"
The 25-year-old Krajicek, who had
been standing covering her mouth in
shock, giggled and agreed. They plan to
compete in the mixed doubles at Wim-
Kaymer closes out
wire-to-wire US Open win
Martin Kaymer, of Germany, holds up the trophy after wining the US Open golf tournament in
Pinehurst, North Carolina, Sunday. AP PHOTO
Radwanska loses opener at Eastbourne
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