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Kaymer wins crown

Pinehurst: Germany’s Martin Kaymer, ice-cool in hot conditions, confirmed his status as one of the game’s very best by coasting to his second Major victory by eight shots in Sunday’s final round at the US Open.

Five ahead at the start of another humid day at Pinehurst Resort, the 29-year-old from Dusseldorf left his closest pursuers trailing in his wake as he closed with a one-under-par 69 on the challenging No. 2 Course.

Meanwhile, Shiv Kapur rounded off a great week with a final flourish in the form of a birdie on the 18th and a card of 72 that gave him a four-day total of 286 and a tied 23rd place.

Kaymer, whose first Major win came at the 2010 PGA Championship, mixed two birdies with one bogey in the last six holes on a layout where danger lurked at every corner to post a nine-under total of 271, the second lowest ever at the event.

The former world No. 1 became the first German to win the US Open and the seventh player to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the year’s second Major.

After soaking up a standing ovation as he walked along the 18th fairway and on to the green, Kaymer sank a 15-foot putt for par, dropping his putter in delight a few seconds before the ball disappeared into the cup.