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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - martin kaymer
Kaymer is playing in the final group with Rickie Fowler, who is seeking his first major championship. Erik Compton is also five shots back, looking to complete a remarkable comeback from his second heart transplant.
It felt like a win. Compton went through his second transplant six years ago after a near-fatal heart attack. He bounced back from that ordeal and proved he can compete with golf's biggest stars.
He became only the seventh player in 114 years of the U.S. Open to go wire-to-wire, and no one ever had a chance. Kaymer led by at least four shots for the final 48 holes of this U.S. Open.
Too bad the Fox Sports contract to televise the U.S. Open doesn't start until next year. Greg Norman would probably have a lot to say about the difficulty of playing with a big lead on the weekend at a major championship.
On a broiling day with some wicked pin positions that yielded only two rounds under par, Kaymer rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to salvage a 2-over 72 and take a five-shot lead into the final round.
He set the 36-hole scoring record at 10-under 130 and left the rest of the field wondering if the 29-year-old German was playing a different course, or even a different tournament.
The German birdied three of the last five holes at Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday to break out of a tie with Graeme McDowell, Kevin Na and Brendon de Jonge. Kaymer closed his round by sinking a 6-footer to save par at No. 18.
Paul Casey was scuffling midway through his second round at the Byron Nelson Championship, hoping he could do enough just to make the cut.
David Duval gets only limited chances on the PGA Tour these days, much different than 15 years ago when he was the No. 1 player in the world.
Jordan Spieth was a 16-year-old amateur when he tied for 16th at the Byron Nelson Championship in 2010.
The agent for Martin Kaymer took the notebook and pen and wrote down the name of Kaymer's coach. It's not that Gunter Kessler is tricky to spell. It's just not a name that gets mentioned often.
Martin Kaymer reached the top of golf and wondered how he got there.
Martin Kaymer thought his gap wedge to the island green on the 17th hole at The Players Championship was fine. He couldn't believe it when he realized it had bounced sideways and spun so hard that it wound up in the shaggy collar, a foot away from going into the water.
A brief look at the final round Sunday at The Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass:
Jim Furyk has had a chance to win the last two weeks - both times from the locker room.
"I didn't get anything for my father that day," Kaymer said. "So maybe this works."
"I didn't make many mistakes the last two wins that I had in America — especially this week," said Kaymer, who moves to No. 11 in the world.