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Martin Kaymer Belongs With Pinehurst’s Greatest Champions

Martin Kaymer Trophy

Photo by The USGA


The sun was tucking behind some clouds into the western horizon over Pinehurst Sunday evening and casting a soft, golden glow over the proceedings just in front of the 18th green on the No. 2 course. If Martin Kaymer had turned and looked over his right shoulder, through the pine trees he could have seen the steeple of the Village Chapel a few hundred yards away; the chapel clarion was now softly pelting out eight notes at the top of the hour.

USGA President Thomas O’Toole stood at the podium and spoke of the previous champions at Pinehurst—of Ben Hogan and Sam Snead from the sepia-toned era and Payne Stewart and Michael Campbell from the modern epoch—and welcomed the newly anointed U.S. Open champion from Germany to the same heady fraternity.

USGA Executive Director Mike Davis marveled at how Kaymer’s 271 total and eight-stroke victory were forged not only with precise and consistent shots but the planning that went into each of them and the mental fortitude that helped him escape from the few dalliances with trouble he encountered over four days of No. 2.

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Our Champion, Martin Kaymer

Martin Kaymer 18

Congratulations to Martin Kaymer on a historic performance in winning the 114th U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2.

We are proud to welcome a such a great Champion to our halls. Your class, poise and tremendous talent only add to our legacy in golf.

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Happy Father’s Day from Pinehurst

Payne has always said it best.

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U.S. Open Final Round Pairings

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9:32 a.m.: Toru Taniguchi, Kelly Mitchum (Marker)

9:43 a.m.: Russell Henley, Kevin Tway

9:54 a.m.: Boo Weekley, Kevin Stadler

10:05 a.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Matthew Fitzpatrick

10:16 a.m.: Fran Quinn, Daniel Berger

10:27 a.m.: Alex Cejka, Clayton Rask

10:38 a.m.: Justin Leonard, Billy Hurley Iii

10:49 a.m.: Danny Willett, Harris English

11 a.m.: Bo Van Pelt, Paul Casey

11:11 a.m.: Seung-Yul Noh, Gary Woodland

11:22 a.m.: Scott Langley, Stewart Cink

11:33 a.m.: Zac Blair, Graeme McDowell

11:44 a.m.: Kenny Perry, Zach Johnson

11:55 a.m.: Nicholas Lindheim, Jim Furyk

12:06 p.m.: Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson

12:17 p.m.: Billy Horschel, Ernie Els

12:28 p.m.: Cody Gribble, Sergio Garcia

12:39 p.m.: Brendon Todd, Phil Mickelson

12:50 p.m.: Bill Haas, Retief Goosen

1:01 p.m.: Ryan Moore, Keegan Bradley

1:12 p.m.: Ian Poulter, Hideki Matsuyama

1:23 p.m.: Steve Stricker, Aaron Baddeley

1:34 p.m.: Lucas Bjerregaard, Shiv Kapur

1:45 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott

1:56 p.m.: J.B. Holmes, Marcel Siem

2:07 p.m.: Jason Day, Jimmy Walker

2:18 p.m.: Garth Mulroy, Francesco Molinari

2:29 p.m.: Victor Dubuisson, Brendon de Jonge

2:40 p.m.: Chris Kirk, Jordan Spieth

2:51 p.m.: Justin Rose, Kevin Na

3:02 p.m.: Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar

3:13 p.m.: Brandt Snedeker, Dustin Johnson

3:24 p.m.: Henrik Stenson, Erik Compton

3:35 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Martin Kaymer

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The History of Pinehurst’s Iconic Putter Boy

Photo by USGA's John Mummert

Photo by USGA’s John Mummert


They’ve stood sentinel over the practice putting greens at Pinehurst for decades. They’ve traveled the world on the shirts and caps of golfers. They’ve lured guests to Pinehurst from the pages of newspapers and magazines for a century. And they’ve been the centerpieces of handsome marks for Pinehurst’s chapters in the U.S. Open.

“The Golf Lad” and his offspring pal, “The Putter Boy,” are certainly among the most famous inanimate figures in the game of golf.

Frank Presbrey, Pinehurst’s first advertising counselor, in the early 1900s created a young boy that appeared in the resort’s early advertising and calendars who was called “The Golf Lad,” “The Golf Boy,” or “The Golf Calendar Lad.” Later he was replaced on the calendars sent annually to hotel guests by photos of Donald Ross playing the Pinehurst golf courses.

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