U.S. Open winner Kaymer second to qualify for PGA Grand Slam of Golf
Martin Kaymer put on a clinic in the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, becoming just the seventh player in history to win the tournament from start to finish (it's been done eight times -- twice by Tiger Woods).
Kaymer shot a final-round 1-under 69 on Sunday to finish at 9-under 271 total, good for an eight-shot win over Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler.
For Kaymer, it was the second major championship of his career. His first came in the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. With the victory, Kaymer claimed the second spot in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, joining Masters champion Bubba Watson Oct. 13-15, at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda.
Kaymer absolutely dominated the competition at Pinehurst No. 2 throughout the U.S. Open. He jumped out to a six-shot lead through 36 holes after back-to-back rounds of 5-under 65. With those matching 65s, Kaymer became the first player in major championship history to open with two rounds of 65 or better.
On the weekend, the closest anyone would get to Kaymer would be within four shots.
This will mark Kaymer's second trip to Bermuda in four years. In 2010, he tied for third with then U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell.
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf features a $1.35 million purse, with the winner receiving $600,000, second place $300,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000.
TNT's prime-time broadcast of the event reaches a worldwide audience of 88.9 million U.S. homes and international viewers in more than 100 countries. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Port Royal Golf Course, and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel.
Established in 1979, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has grown from an 18-hole, single-day charity event to a 36-hole annual showdown that matches professional golf's best against each other.
The remainder of the foursome for the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf features the winners of the Open Championship, July 17-20 at Royal Liverpool and the 96th PGA Championship, Aug. 7-10, at Valhalla Golf Club.
While the PGA Grand Slam of Golf extends its four invitations each year to the winners of the four majors, there is a contingency plan in place should a player not be able to make the trip. In the event of an injury or a dual winner in a major championship, The PGA of America has developed a formula to complete the PGA Grand Slam of Golf field. The Defending Champion receives the initial invitation, then the Major Champions Points List is used to complete the field. This equation incorporates active past major winners and how they compete in this year's major events. The point system awards 150 points for a second-place finish in a major event, 125 for third, 110 for fourth, 100 for fifth, 90 for sixth, 85 for seventh, all the way through 70th place, which receives 6 points. In order to be eligible for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, a player must be or must have been a major winner.