Originally posted on Back9Network  |  Last updated 6/15/14

It’s often said you can’t win a golf tournament on Thursday. Well, Martin Kaymer pretty much did.The 29-year-old German posted a 5-under-par 65 in the first round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Had he simply played even par the rest the way, he would’ve taken the title by xx strokes.Yet, for good measure, Kaymer posted another 5-under 65 on Friday. His 130 strokes were the fewest ever through two rounds at a U.S. Open. He finally played like the rest of the field on Saturday, carding a 2-over 72, giving Kaymer “just” a five-shot lead entering the final round. There was a glimpse of hope for everyone else.Related Links: Complete 2014 U.S. Open CoverageBut Kaymer quickly squashed that optimism Sunday. He was 1-under over the front nine and even over the back nine. Only ?? had a better round. Only Kaymer, Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton finished the tournament under par.And thus, Kaymer collects his second major title, to go with his 2010 PGA Championship. He’s the first German to win the U.S. Open, and joins Bernhard Langer as the only Germans to win two career majors.It goes down as Kaymer’s third career victory in the United States, and all of them have been big. In addition to the two majors, Kaymer captured the Players Championship last month, which is the so-called “fifth major” and boasts the richest purse in golf.Only Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd and Tiger Woods had previously won a U.S. Open, PGA Championship and Players Championship.Unlike Phil Mickelson, who was aiming for his first U.S. Open title, which would have given him the career grand slam, Kaymer had not fared all that great previously at the U.S. Open, which prides itself on being the toughest test in golf. In six appearances starting in 2008, Kaymer’s best result was T-8 in 2010.Later that season is when Kaymer captured his first major, and in February 2011 he ascended to the No. 1 ranking in the world. His reign lasted just eight weeks, and his game underwent a major mechanics change soon thereafter.Kaymer couldn’t finish better than 12th at a major over the next three seasons. He was one of a few players to make the cut at the four major tournaments in 2013, but none of Kaymer’s finishes were better than 32nd.Yet on Sunday, Kaymer turned in the most dominating performance of his career. His first major came after winning in a playoff. 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