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U.S. Open 2014: Martin Kaymer completes four-day domination at Pinehurst

It turns out we could have skipped the weekend at the U.S. Open, with Martin Kaymer using that record-setting first two rounds to cruise over the weekend and post the second-lowest total in the 114-year history of the national championship.

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The best and worst from the week at the U.S. Open

The season's second major was a runaway in the Sandhills, but there was plenty of good, bad, and ugly during four days of golf at Pinehurst.

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Compton’s ‘Not just guy with 2 heart transplants’

Erik Compton finds out after tying for second at Pinehurst that his consolation prize was a trip to Augusta for the Masters in April.

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The best photos from the U.S. Open at Pinehurst

The season's second major was a runaway win for Martin Kaymer, an emerging world superstar. But the venue, Pinehurst No. 2, commanded much of the attention. Here are the best photos from the week at the U.S. Open.

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Kaymer goes wire-to-wire at Pinehurst

In one of the more impressive and dominating four-day stretches at the "toughest test in golf," Martin Kaymer ran away from the field to win the U.S. Open, his second major at just 29-years-old.

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Martin Kaymer tops the field at the U.S. Open

Martin Kaymer didn't shoot 65 again, but his final-round 69 was good enough to secure an eight-shot victory at the U.S. Open.

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Kaymer wins $1.62 million

Martin Kaymer led wire-to-wire to win the 2014 U.S. Open and his efforts were rewarded with a very large winners share of the $9 million purse.

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Justin Rose strikes the Payne Stewart pose

Justin Rose wasn't able to win back-to-back U.S. Open titles, but that didn't stop him from ending his final round in style. Rose made a birdie on No. 18 then struck the same pose Payne Stewart did when he made a par on No. 18 to win the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

The pose is one of the most famous in golf and has been forever enshrined with a statue at Pinehurst. Rose's pose to end his round is just one example of a few players honoring Stewart this week. Rickie Fowler wore knickers in the first round to honor Stewart.

Here's a photo capturing the Rose moment (via Mike Ehrmann/Getty):

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The pin placement on Sunday was in the exact same spot as it was in 1999, when Stewart drilled that lengthy uphill putt to knock off Phil Mickelson. The triumphant pose is now commemorated in a statue at Pinehurst, one of the most identifiable landmarks on the grounds. How's Rose's pose match up? (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Dustin Johnson buzzes the crowd with this hook

This was a pretty scary sequence on a relatively drama-free Sunday at the U.S. Open. Dustin Johnson found his ball in some "native waste area" junk up and down each fairway at Pinehurst, and when he went to hit a low punch, some of that wiregrass must have grabbed the club. The result was an insane low hook that buzzed the crowd lining the hole.

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Look out!

That rocket ended up almost across the entire fairway on the adjacent hole that DJ was playing. It went so far right that it gave him a little bit of a clearing to get back onto the correct hole.

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Compton desperately chasing, but Kaymer steady

Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant survivor, is one of the greatest stories in golf and a U.S. Open win would be perhaps the best victory in the 114-year history of the event. But Martin Kaymer has provided no opening for the primary chaser on Sunday at Pinehurst.

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An $9 million purse on the line at Pinehurst

The U.S. Open title is on the line at Pinehurst and in addition to the championship, the field is competing for its share of the $9 million purse.

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Kaymer solid early, leads by 5

Martin Kaymer is off to a solid start in the final round and remains in the lead by five strokes.

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Zac Blair's dad caddies for his final hole

This was a pretty nice moment on Father's Day at the U.S. Open. We saw Kevin Kisner do something similar on Friday, but Sunday afternoon, as sectional qualifier Zac Blair came up the 18th fairway, he asked his dad to caddy his final hole at Pinehurst.

There's always plenty of Father's Day treacle at the U.S. Open, but this was still enjoyable to watch.

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Now on the tee, in his traditional Sunday red ...

Now on the first tee at the U.S. Open, from Jupiter, Florida, Mr. Tiger ... Erik Compton! He's in second place, five shots back starting his round on the biggest stage of his career, and he strolls up in the Tiger Woods Sunday outfit.

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To be fair, the two-time heart transplant survivor should have as many, if not more, supporters than the usual Tiger Woods contention at a major championship. A win for Compton would be one of the greatest stories in the history of golf. Here's hoping he can make a run at Martin Kaymer.

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Coming out of the tunnel at ... the U.S. Open?

There are many ways in which Pinehurst is distinct from most American courses and U.S. Open venues, and this is a pretty cool view of how the players proceed out into public view for their round. It's almost comparable to coming out of the tunnel ... and then you remember it's golf.

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Do not get drunk and drive a golf cart into a cop

Let this be a learning opportunity for everyone.

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Sergio doinks one off the sprinkler head

Sergio can just never catch a break.

Poor, poor Sergio.

We think we've found the source of his historic struggles and misfortunes at the major championships, and set it to the proper musical accompaniment.

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Zach Johnson makes ace, does a lap with the crowd

Zach Johnson is way down the leaderboard at the U.S. Open, but he's still having a pretty enjoyable Sunday at Pinehurst.

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Will someone go low on Sunday?

Pinehurst No. 2 remains a very tough golf course, but it might not play as tough on Sunday as it did earlier in the week. Could a player make a run with a low number?

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The women have arrived on the Pinehurst range

In case you forgot, this year is the USGA's back-to-back experiment hosting the men's and women's open in consecutive weeks at the same venue. This is pretty cool to see Natalie Gulbis join the men on the range as the weeks wraparound. Here's hoping the ladies get a fresh and perfectly conditioned setup next week.

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Boomer coaches Phil up on the Pinehurst range

ESPN may have finished up their final broadcast of the U.S. Open on Friday night, but Chris Berman isn't going away that easily.

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Sunday pin placements at Pinehurst

The greens are the most menacing part of this Donald Ross Pinehurst No. 2 design, and on Saturday, they brutalized the field. It was a combination of no moisture, a little wind, and the USGA pushing it to the limit with the pin placement on all but one or two holes. Kenny Perry, the oldest player in the field, said it was the hardest group of pin locations he'd ever seen at a major championship. Leader Martin Kaymer said the 18th was the only real pin he thought he could take aim at, and multiple players said just getting your ball 30 to 35 feet from the hole was a success.

USGA Executive Director and course setup ace Mike Davis said Sunday morning that the final round hole locations wouldn't be as tough as Saturday, but they're not opening the door for any rounds of 65 like we saw Kaymer shoot earlier in the week. How you handle the repellant turtleback greens will once again make or break the leaders' final round. Chipping is obviously a huge part of that with so many balls not holding the green, but this is also the most likely venue where you can go from putting back to chipping in an instant, as we saw Kaymer demonstrate on Saturday.

The turtleback shape of these greens doesn't give the USGA a ton of places to put the pin and avoid the kind of disaster we saw at Shinnecock in 2004, where USGA officials had to water down the green in between tee shots. But they still manage to tuck most of them less than 10 feet from the edge. The 18th hole location is the traditional Sunday spot where Payne Stewart drilled that uphill bomb to win it here in 1999. Here's the pin sheet for Sunday at the U.S. Open:

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Lefty jokes about another 2nd-place finish

Phil Mickelson ended Saturday way down on the leader board, but that did not stop the popular southpaw from joking about getting his game going enough to chalk up a record 7th 2nd-place finish at the U.S. Open.

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A U.S. Open breaks out at Pinehurst

Tougher conditions on Saturday at Pinehurst had several players calling "Uncle," but Erik Compton, who has survived far worse afflictions than treacherous pin positions, was not one of them.

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NBC's long relationship with the U.S. Open ends

NBC has become a big part of the U.S. Open final round on Father's Day, but this Sunday will be this team's last broadcast of the national championship.

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Watch the final round from Pinehurst live online

Not only will there be extended television coverage for the final round of the U.S. Open, but viewers will be able to watch it and other live coverage online.

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Fowler will join Kaymer in the final group

Martin Kaymer is 18 holes from the second major championship of his career, and he'll once again play in the final group on Sunday.

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Kaymer a ridiculous 1/3 favorite

The last player to lose while holding a five-shot lead after 54 holes at the U.S. Open was Mike Brady ... in 1919. So as you might expect, Martin Kaymer is a heavy favorite to win on Sunday.

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Kaymer, Fowler set for final pairing

Martin Kaymer remains in the lead at the U.S. Open and will once again play in the final group. He'll be joined on Sunday by Rickie Fowler, who is coming off a strong round.

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Kaymer stays in control, Rickie Fowler chases

It wasn't as smooth as the record-setting first two rounds, but Martin Kaymer kept the rest of the field at a distance and will head to Sunday with a sizable five-shot lead at the U.S. Open.

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