PINEHURST, N.C. – Martin Kaymer is the 54-hole leader headed into Sunday’s final round of playin in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club.
Kaymer’s 54-hole total of 202 is the third-lowest score for the first three rounds in U.S. Open history, as only Rory McIlroy (199 at Congressional in 2011) and Jim Furyk (200 at Olympia Fields in 2003) had lower 54-hole totals.
Kaymer is attempting to become the first German to win the U.S. Open.
When he won the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, he became the first German to win a major since Bernhard Langer in the 1993 Masters.
Should he win from start-to-finish without ties, he will become the eighth in U.S. Open history to do so and join a group that includes Walter Hagen (1914), James Barnes (1921), Ben Hogan (1953), Tony Jacklin (1970), Tiger Woods (2000, 2002) and Rory McIlroy (2011).
If Kaymer wins, he will be just the third 54-hole leader to win the U.S. Open in the last 10 years and would join McIlroy (2011) and Woods (2008) in doing so.
Kaymer leads the field in par breakers (13) with 12 birdies and one eagle as well as sitting in the top 10 in all four major statistical categories: Fairways Hit (T-4), Driving Distance (9th), Greens in Regulation (T-9) and Total Putts (T-7).
Chasing Kaymer are Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton who posted the only two scores under par in the third round, carding 3-under par 67’s, and highlighted the lowest number of sub-par rounds posted since the fourth round of the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont.
Compton is attempting to become the first sectional qualifier to win the U.S. Open since Lucas Glover in 2009
Pinehurst U.S. Open Comparisons
- Players under par through 54 holes – 1999: 1; 2005: 1; 2014: 6
- Fairways Hit through 54 holes – 1999: 66 percent; 2005: 52 percent; 2014: 71 percent
- Greens in Regulation through 54 holes – 1999: 47 percent; 2005: 50 percent; 2014: 56 percent
- Birdies and Eagles through 54 holes – 1999: 636; 2005: 723; 2014: 812
- Scoring Average through 54 holes – 1999: 74.47; 2005: 74.10; 2014: 73.20
2014 US. Open – Final round pairings