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US Open live blog: Kaymer wins at Pinehurst

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WNCN has covered the U.S. Open live throughout the tournament. Here is our live blog from Sunday's final round at Pinehurst No. 2.

KAYMER WINS IT: Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open Sunday with yet another splendid round, finishing off his hot start with a solid effort that gave competitors no room to make a move.

Kaymer had a consistent stroke throughout the tournament and was especially efficient with his putter. He never seemed rattled over a 10- or 12-foot put and steadily knocked in one putt after another.

Even on his last putt, he rolled in about an 18-foot putt for par.

Kaymer finished 9 under for the tournament and was 1-under for Sunday.

Erik Compton of the United States and Rickie Fowler, also of the U.S., tied for secodn at 1-under.

KAYMER STILL AHEAD: Martin Kaymer is even for the day through eight holes, which is exactly what he needs to do. He's making key putts, keeping the ball safe and playing with a great deal of assurance with what's now a five-stroke lead.

Erik Compton is second now at 3-under for the tournament, but Compton is even for the day through nine holes.

MORE DOMINANCE: Martin Kaymer is off to a terrific start. He parred the first and second holes and then poured in a sweet putt for birdie at No. 3.. That puts him at 9-under for the tournament, which is well ahead of the remainder of the field.

The biggest win ever in U.S. Open play was Tiger Woods' stunning 15-stroke win at the Open in 2000, the most dominant performance in a golf major.

THEY'RE OFF: Martin Kaymer and Rickie Fowler are on the course now and Kaymer is off to a solid start.

He has two straight pars after draining about a 10-foot putt on the second hole.

Kaymer told NBC before his round that being the leader in this situation "is exhausting" because it's nerve-wracking and hard to sleep. But he looks calm and efficient so far on the course.

GOLF CART DRIVER CHARGED: We just updated a story about a golf cart driver at the U.S. Open facing multiple charges after hitting a State Highway Patrolman on Saturday. Thomas Lineberry, 59, is charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer; felony hit and run; driving while impaired; and resist, obstruct and delay, the State Highway Patrol said.

Full story here.

GREAT SHOT!: Zach Johnson just hit an amazing hole-in-one on the 9th hole at Pinehurst No. 2 Sunday.

Johnson's tee shot hit the green about 20 yards to the left of the hole and rolled right toward the pin. The crowd started to roar as the ball approaches, and it kissed the front lip and dropped in. Johnson raised his arms in triumph as the crowd burst into applause. Johnson even slapped hands with fans on both sides of the hole to celebrate.

Turns out Peter Jacobsen aced the same hole back in the 2005 Open at Pinehurst.

U.S. OPEN RETURN?: Pinehurst No. 2 is clearly in the rotation for the U.S. Open after hosting three times - 1999, 2005 and this year.

But when is the Open coming back?

The USGA has announced the next seven sites, through 2021. The future sites, according to GolfWeek.com, are:

  • 2015: Chambers Bay Golf Course, University Place, Wash.
  • 2016: Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club
  • 2017: Erin Hills Golf Course, Hartford, Wisc.
  • 2018: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
  • 2019: Pebble Beach (Ca.) Golf Links
  • 2020: Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
  • 2021: Torrey Pines Golf Course, San Diego, Calif.

So the earliest it could return is 2022.

TOP GUN: Martin Kaymer tees off at 3:35 p.m. today on the final day of the U.S. Open, and he will play with young American star Rickie Fowler.

It’s the first time Fowler has been in the final group of a major tournament.

Fowler, speaking to NBC when he arrived at the course, knows it will be difficult for him to win.

“He’s in control of the golf tournament right now,” Fowler said of Kaymer. “If he goes out and plays really well today it’s going to be almost impossible to catch him.”

Kaymer is 8-under for the tournament, with Fowler 3-under and Erik Compton 3-under.

Fowler said how he drives will be critical for him.

“If I can get the driver straightened out, it will make things more stress free,” Fowler said.

Two players with local ties are on the course now. Webb Simpson of Raleigh, who won the Open in 2012, is even for the day after 6-over for the tournament.

Brendon Todd, who grew up in Cary, had a miserable Saturday to plummet from contention. He is 2-over for the day and 7-over for the tournament. Todd double-bogeyed the second hole Sunday after a par at No. 1.

LIVE ON WNCN: The U.S. Open is live on WNCN-TV now. We’ve also put a link to NBC’s livestream on WNCN.com so you can catch it there if you wish.

OPEN TRIVIA: OK, so this is the third time Pinehurst No. 2 has hosted the Open. Everyone remembers that Payne Stewart won in 1999.

But who won in 2005? Answer is …

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