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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 U.S. Open

Winner: Martin Kaymer

Around the wider world of golf: Most of the golf world was quiet while the US Open played out. Xin Jun Zhang won the Earls Beijing Open on the PGA TOUR China; Morgan Pressel's little sister Madison got her first pro win at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic on the Symetra Tour; and Sun-Ju Ahn won the Suntory Ladies on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has the details).

Martin Kaymer finishes the job

NEWS FLASH: Martin Kaymer has won the Family Slam -- an event on Mother's Day (THE PLAYERS) and an event on Father's Day (the US Open).

And of course he set some records in the process. First of all, he's the first player ever to win THE PLAYERS and the US Open in the same season. He became the first player to shoot 65 in the first round of a major... and the first player to shoot 65 in each of the first two rounds. He set a bunch of other records as well -- so many that I can't remember them all!

But this was a dominating performance, so much so that Rory said it was better than his own 8-stroke win at Congressional and Keegan Bradley said his first two rounds were the best two rounds of golf he had ever seen. (My gosh, only 2 other players even broke par for the week!) It's not often that you see a player win wire-to-wire in consecutive events, let alone events of the stature Martin won.

They haven't posted the new world rankings as of this writing, but Martin is currently 28. I suspect he'll be 12 or even 11 when the new rankings come out today. But he's already taken the #1 spot in my RGWR -- nobody else has won two events as big as Martin has in the last year, let alone the last month! At this rate, it's only a matter of time before the OWGR catches up to my rankings.

In the meantime, Martin Kaymer tops my list of favorites going into the Open Championship next month... and gets a well-deserved Limerick Summary this week:
For World Number One let me nominate
Martin Kaymer, who stepped up to dominate
The Open at Pinehurst.
He made the field feel worse
By stomping ‘em all when he romped in eight.
The photo came from the tournament wrap-up page at PGATOUR.com.

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