Former champion Martin Kaymer ends US Open 13 over par after mixed final round

PA Ready, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Phil Casey

Martin Kaymer carded a final round of 73 in the US Open, 10 years after his win at Pinehurst (Matt York/AP) (AP)

Former champion Martin Kaymer showed what was possible – both good and bad – in the final round of the 124th US Open.

Ten years after leading from start to finish and winning by eight shots to secure his second major title at Pinehurst, Kaymer carded a closing 73 to finish 13 over par, two hours before the last group were due to tee off.

The former world number one birdied the first, fifth, 10th and 13th – where a forward tee had brought the green into range – but also made a double bogey on the ninth and ran up a quadruple-bogey eight on the 14th.

“I think it’s very fair, I think you can shoot two or three under par,” Kaymer told the PA news agency.

“I think the USGA set up the golf course really nicely the last four days, especially over the weekend.

“You do have some tricky pins but you know that. You have to play away from flags quite often so you rely on a lot of putts inside 10 feet because you will miss the odd green here and there.

“I didn’t miss many within 10 feet in 2014 and I said that to my caddie walking down the 18th. I was 22 shots better 10 years ago, which is only just over five shots a day, but you can lose five shots here no problem.”

Asked about his problems on the 14th, Kaymer added: “I hit a decent bunker shot which just trickled over (the green) and then it didn’t really matter if I finished 50th or 60th so I tried to hit a really nice, cute pitch shot and it came up short twice, but it was a fun week. I enjoyed the challenge.

“Regardless of if it’s Pinehurst or not, I like that feeling of playing well in a major, having a chance.

“Obviously I’m still quite far away from being in contention but at least I know what I need to work on and to experience Pinehurst again with the crowds and the memories, it was beautiful.”

Kaymer played a practice round with Rory McIlroy earlier in the week and was also alongside the Northern Irishman for the first two rounds of the 2014 US PGA at Valhalla, which culminated in McIlroy’s most recent major win.

McIlroy went into the final round at Pinehurst in a share of second place with Matthieu Pavon and Patrick Cantlay, three shots behind 2020 champion Bryson DeChambeau.

“He plays the same way he did back then, winning is just so difficult,” Kaymer said of McIlroy.

“He came close so many times, I think it’s just a matter of making those clutch putts on the back nine.

“We all know he’s good enough, but you do need a little bit of luck as well. When people say he hasn’t won for 10 years, that’s quite unfair towards him.

“It’s very difficult winning major championships and he finished many times in the top 10 which is also a good achievement. I think it’s just a matter of time.”

OTHER NEWS

54 minutes ago

Tears flow for Wimbledon champion Barbora Krejcikova

54 minutes ago

Rightmove's rule is no longer safe as houses, say hedge funds

57 minutes ago

‘Big Teddy’ Riner guns for third individual judo gold on home soil at Paris 2024

60 minutes ago

Brooks' pick-up stuns Knights

60 minutes ago

NRL Highlights: Sea Eagles v Knights - Round 19

60 minutes ago

Pogacar v Vingegaard has makings of the finest Tour soap opera of them all

60 minutes ago

Harry Kane's England retirement plan after Euro 2024 final amid final tournament fears

60 minutes ago

'Unacceptable' original lyrics to Three Lions which almost saw song banned

1 hour ago

Italian tax police free 33 Indian workers from 'slave-like' conditions on farms

1 hour ago

Sheldon Creed and Brandon Jones battle on Lap 1 for the lead

1 hour ago

What Dontae Manning taught me about covering college football

1 hour ago

Shoppers hail 'flattering' White Stuff dress with pockets and over 1,000 five-star reviews

1 hour ago

Liverpool lining up 45m machine whod be their best DM since Fabinho

1 hour ago

'Minions 3' set for June 2027 release

1 hour ago

Inside North Korean summer camp where kids get drunk on rice vodka and perform 'weird rituals'

1 hour ago

City loses SCA appeal in land invasions case

1 hour ago

World number one irrelevant as Ireland’s Andy Farrell basks in Springbok victory

1 hour ago

Kate Mall: First ASEAN-themed lifestyle, retail destination in Qatar holds Family Day event

1 hour ago

Egypt denies rumours of Suez Canal sale for $1 trillion

1 hour ago

Tesla Model 3 Performance Owner Tries Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

1 hour ago

Amazon Prime Day deals are almost here. Should you take advantage of them?

1 hour ago

Novak Djokovic is 37 and had knee surgery last month but faces Carlos Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final

1 hour ago

Foord sits out Matildas' pre-Games loss to Canada

1 hour ago

Vladimir Putin humiliation after Ukrainian anglers knock out drone with a fish

1 hour ago

Listen to Roger Glover’s isolated bassline on Deep Purple’s Highway Star

1 hour ago

Erasmus reflects on Springboks' loss: 'We can't make excuses for our first half'

1 hour ago

The mysterious art of the casting director: ‘When you see the truth in front of you, it’s the right person’

1 hour ago

Lakers’ Rookie Dazzles In Game One Of Las Vegas Summer League

1 hour ago

Video: Trump supporter claims he saw a man with a RIFLE hiding on the roof just outside Trump rally and warned cops just minutes before ex-president was shot - as picture appears to show dead gunman

1 hour ago

Singer JJ Lin pondered leaving showbiz due to negative comments online

1 hour ago

Why Roku's Business Could Look Drastically Different in 5 Years

1 hour ago

The tiny island that's the best place in UK to see the northern lights

1 hour ago

Liverpool transfer boost as midfield target deemed 'no longer a priority' by Juventus

1 hour ago

Your Love and Relationship Horoscope for July 14th, 2024

1 hour ago

The 10 greatest, most clutch penalty takers of all time: Ronaldo, Messi, Toney…

1 hour ago

Macron demands would-be successors put ambitions aside for sake of France

1 hour ago

Dana White in 'complete shock' and 'sick to stomach' after Donald Trump shooting

1 hour ago

Nothing justifies an assassination bid - but did Trump play a part in changing the rules of engagement?

1 hour ago

AI supercharges data center energy use – straining the grid and slowing sustainability efforts

1 hour ago

Scientists discover game-changing method to recycle solar panels using less energy: 'Paving the way to a circular economy'

ALONGWALKER VIETNAM: Kênh khám phá trải nghiệm của giới trẻ, thế giới du lịch ALONGWALKER INDONESIA: Saluran untuk mengeksplorasi pengalaman para pemuda global