PINEHURST, N.C. – For the 155 other golfers that made up the field in the 2014 U.S. Open, a hotly contested race continued until the final hole as Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler maintained their second-place finish behind 72-hole champion Martin Kaymer at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club on Sunday.
Compton and Fowler both carded 2-over par 72’s during their final rounds of play to finish tied at 1-under par (279) and eight strokes behind Kaymer’s dominating 9-under par (271) finish that was the fourth largest margin of victory in U.S. Open history.
While Kaymer claimed hold of the trophy, he also received a winner’s check for $1.62 million while everyone else split the remainder of the total $8,684,000 purse.
For Compton, who made only his second appearance in a major championship, both at the U.S. Open, his second-place finish was the best of his PGA Tour career, and improved upon his 2010 USGA championship appearance he when missed cut.
“The crowd was so great,” Compton said.
“On every hole, from the tee box to the putting green, people were cheering for me and I definitely felt the love and the support from the crowd. Seemed like people really got around my story. And for me to be here and to do this at such a high level is just as good of a feeling as winning a golf tournament. So it’s just a great feeling and I can’t wait to get back into another Major.”
Fowler’s end to playing in his sixth U.S. Open was his best finish in a major championship.
His previous best result in 18 total major appearances was T-5th at the 2011 British Open and the 2014 Masters.
“I’m really happy about it,” Fowler said of his finish.
“Goals going into the year was get ready for Augusta and then contend at Majors. Finishing tied for fifth and tied second here in the first two Majors of the year, definitely pleased about that and looking forward to the next two.”
Following behind Compton and Fowler and sitting tied for fourth place overall at 1-over par were Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson.
Daniel Berger (T-28th, +7) posted the low round of the day with a 4-under par 66 and was followed by matching 3-under par 67 performances from Bradley, 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk (T-12th,+3), and Louis Oosthuizen (T-40th, +9).
Matthew Fitzpatrick (T-48th, +11) was the only amateur to make the cut and become the first player to hold the title of low amateur at the U.S. Open and British Open at the same time since Bob Jones in 1930.