Pictures from the 2014 U.S. Open, including Phil Mickelson.

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Martin Kaymer of Germany won the 2014 U.S. Open in dominant fashion, closing with a 1-under 69 on Sunday to secure an eight-stroke, wire-to-wire victory.
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His final score of 9-under 271 was the second-lowest score in U.S. Open history behind Rory McIlroy's 268 at Congressional in 2011. "No one was catching Kaymer this week," said Erik Compton, who finished tied for second with Rickie Fowler. "I was playing for second. I think we all were playing for second."
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Kaymer celebrates on the 18th green after making his final putt.
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The win brings the 29-year-old former World No. 1 back to the top of the golf world. He now has two major championships (2010 PGA, 2014 U.S. Open) and the 2014 Players Championship on his resume.
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Kaymer and his caddie Craig Connolly line up a putt.
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No one came closer than four stokes off Kaymer's lead over the final 48 holes.
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Rickie Fowler -- five strokes back through 54 holes -- seemed the most likely candidate to challenge Kaymer at the start of play Sunday.
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Fowler shot an even-par 72 on Sunday, failing to gain any ground on Kaymer. "Martin was playing his own tournament," Fowler said.
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Fowler chips out a bunker. His bid to overtake Kaymer ended on the fourth hole. He sent his third shot over the green and into some pine trees. He had to drain a 25-foot putt just to save double bogey.
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Fowler tees off on the 13th hole. His T2 finish is a career-best in a major for the 25-year-old.
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Erik Compton reacts to his birdie putt on the 72nd hole that drew him even with Fowler for second place. Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, earned a Masters invite with his T2 finish.
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Martin Kaymer will begin the final round with a five-shot lead thanks in part to his putting stroke. He's seventh in the field in overall putting and has one three-putt green through the first three rounds.
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Martin Kaymer's scrambling 1-over 36 on the front nine in the third round featured the following stretch on the first six holes: par, bogey, par, bogey, eagle bogey. He made a crucial bogey 5 at the second after taking a drop from an unplayable lie. "I was hoping for a free drop, but didn't get that one. And then I made a great up-and-down there from 165 yards," Kaymer said.
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2013 FedEx Cup Champion Henrik Stenson shot an even-par 70 in the second round, good for a T4, six shots back of Martin Kaymer.
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Kaymer has converted 3-of-4 sand saves.
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Phil Mickelson is tied for 30th after his third-round 72. "If I hit it better and make some putts, I think I can shoot 4- or 5-under par, end around even, finish second again," Phil joked after the round.
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Rory McIlroy shot a 40 on the front and a 1-under 34 on the back to finish with a 74. He'll start play Sunday tied for 16th at +3.
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Rickie Fowler shot 67, tied for the day's best round with Erik Compton. He'll enter the fourth round tied for second at -3 and will play in the final group. "Today played significantly harder than the first two days," he said.
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"I missed it in the wrong place most of the time on the front nine," Rory said after his round. "And that is sort of what led to shooting 40 (on the front)."
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Brandt Snedeker shot a 2-over 72 and was -1 overall, tied for sixth.
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Dustin Johnson shot an even-par 70 to stay -2 headed to the final round. He's tied for fourth. "I wasn't striking it that well," he said. "I tried to play conservative, and try to make pars."
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Rickie Fowler made only two bogies in his third round. He's been working with Butch Harmon. "(My swing) is definitely a lot more mature," he said. "I'm hitting it harder. I'm older. I'm definitely more in control of my golf swing and more in control of the golf ball, and unfortunately my results haven't showed it this year."
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Brendon Todd began the third round in second place but faded with a 79.
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Erik Compton tied Rickie Fowler for the day's low-round with a 67 and was tied for second at -3. "It doesn't matter what anybody else does, it matters what you do and your mindset," Compton said. "I decided that I was going to hit fairways and greens and try and make the best executions I can."
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Ian Poulter examines his lie in the pine straw during his second round 74. He's tied for 23rd at +4.
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Ian Poulter looks skyward after missing a putt in the third round.
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Martin Kaymer blasts from the pine straw during his third round. He birdied No. 18 to finish -8, good for a five-shot lead over Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton.
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Kevin Na was solid through the first 13 holes before stumbling on the back. He double-bogied 14 and 16 and shot 73.
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Kaymer's third round featured an eagle, a birdie, and five bogies.
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If Kaymer wins, he'll be the first German to win the U.S. Open.
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Martin Kaymer plays from a greenside bunker during his second-round 65. The Players champion and former World No. 1 built an eight-shot lead with his second consecutive 65 at Pinehurst No. 2.
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Phil Mickelson was -2 through his first three holes before fading to a second-round 73. He's T33 at +3, 13 shots back of Martin Kaymer.
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Brandt Snedeker hits his drive on the 10th tee during a second-round 68. Snedeker finished the round tied for third with Kevin Na at -3.
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Mickelson shot a 4-over 38 on the back 9 after a 1-under 35 on the front. "I feel like I'm playing well enough to win the U.S. Open, except for putting," he said. "It's kind of the same story. After I've 3-putted three or four times, I kind of lose my focus on the other stuff. It really affects my ability to concentrate and my momentum and energy … I'm just not making them."
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Phil Mickelson walks off the fourth tee. "The people here have been really great to everybody in the field," he said. "It's been fun to play for. It's been fun to see how many people have come out to support this tournament. What a great venue it's been. The golf course couldn't be any better. It's fabulous."
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Phil Mickelson and Matthew Fitzpatrick line up their putts. Fitzpatrick, an amateur, shot 71-73 to make the cut, T44.
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Brendon Todd was one of the few players challenging leader Martin Kaymer. He followed a first-round 69 with a 67 and was alone in second at -4, six shots behind Kaymer. He attended Green Hope High School, in Cary, N.C., about one hour northeast of Pinehurst. "I remember having a lot of good times down here," he said. "I played some really fun junior golf tournaments down here. Pinehurst is a special place, it's sort of a golf haven."
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Todd, who shot a final-round 66 to win the HP Byron Nelson Championship last month, is playing in his first professional major.
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Kevin Na shot a 1-under 69 and was -3, seven shots back of the lead. "This is my 11th season on the PGA Tour," said Na, "and I'm only 30. They say golfers start peaking in their 30s, so I feel like now's my time for me to start peaking a little bit. I've had some success, but not as much success as I would like and hopefully starting at 30 is my prime."
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Kevin Na hits his tee shot on the 18th hole at Pinehurst No. 2. "Saturday is moving day," Na said. "Even the Majors they tend to set it up where you can shoot a low number. So I know the course is going to dry out a little bit, but anything in the red figures. I'm hoping 2-under. I'll take -- you give me 68 right now, I'll sit in the clubhouse."
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Rory McIlroy got himself on the first page of the leaderboard with a second-round 68. He is -1, nine shots back of Martin Kaymer.
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Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on No. 17.
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Kaymer has made just one bogey through his first 36 holes. "I said to my caddie as well, there were a couple of shots today that I was surprised how good they were," he said. "So I'm just hitting the ball very solid right now and I think it's important to keep going and not try to relax. And there's still a lot of stuff to improve on, but the way I played now is quite nice."
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Kaymer's 10-under total through two rounds is the best in U.S. Open history, one shot better than Rory McIlroy at Congressional in 2011.
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Adam Scott, ranked No. 1 in the world, shot 67 in the second round to get back to even par. It was his career-best round in a U.S. Open. "I think if I drew up my perfect plan right now, over the next 27 holes you would like to narrow the gap to less than half of what it is," Scott said. "Anything could happen over nine holes at a U.S. Open, so if I played great and (Martin Kaymer) continues to play great, I think I can narrow that gap and hopefully feel like I'm in contention come the back nine Sunday."
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Brendon De Jonge followed his first round 68 with a 70 in the second round. He was among the group at -2, eight shots off the lead. "I like the way the golf course looks. I think it's great," he said. "I like the style of golf here. I played a couple weeks down at Royal Melbourne at the end of last year and I loved the way that looked, and I think this has a sort of similar vibe to it. I think it's absolutely great."
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Adam Scott takes aim during the second round as he gets back to even par. "We all know that U.S. Opens get very difficult and if I can just somehow put together two really good rounds, maybe slowly but surely I'll creep my way up towards Martin," he said.
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Bubba Watson shot 70 in his second round, six strokes better than Thursday. He missed the cut, finishing +6.
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Martin Kaymer lines up a putt in the second round near playing partner Jason Dufner. Dufner shot 74 and was outside the projected cutline.
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Dustin Johnson recorded his second straight 69. He'll enter the weekend -2, eight shots back of Martin Kaymer. "Anything can happen in a U.S. Open," he said. "This golf course is tough. If you get just a little bit off with your driver and your irons, you're going to have a long day. So I just need to -- I've got a good game plan, I'm going to stick to it. If I keep hitting it like I am then I'm going to keep shooting good scores."
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Ernie Els carded a second-round 70 and was T44 +4.
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Fran Quinn, near the lead after an opening-round 68, shot 74 in Round 2. He last played the U.S. Open in 1996. "I can't say I really was overly nervous. I felt very confident. And I still feel very confident," he said. "I feel that I'm going to go out, I'll have two real good days, and we'll see what happens. But I'm very happy with the position I'm in. And like I said, I wish I was a couple lower. But I'm sure everyone in the field does. Except Martin."
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Keegan Bradley shot a 1-under 69 in his second round and was eight shots back of leader Martin Kaymer. "I played with Martin these first two days, he's playing so good. It's fun to watch. I played well as well, but it was fun watching him hit every fairway, every green and make every putt, it was pretty awesome.
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One of Pinehurst's legion of black squirrels scampers across a green.
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Graeme McDowell watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during his 2-under 68 in the opening round. The 2010 U.S. Open Champion eagled the par 5.
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Martin Kaymer birdied four holes on the back nine to shoot a 5-under 65 in Round 1. He finished the day with a three-shot lead over Kevin Na, Graeme McDowell, Brendon De Jonge and Fran Quinn.
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Martin Kaymer follows through on a tee shot during his 5-under opening round. "I would have never expected myself to shoot such a low round in Pinehurst because of the conditions, but it's a good round of golf," he said. "I wasn't expecting it, I'm not freaking out about it, it's the first round of a very, very important tournament."
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Masters champion Bubba Watson struggled to a first-round 76. "I think this is my 8th U.S. Open," he said. "Four of them I really loved and four of them I don't. It's just this happens to be one that doesn't really fit my eye."
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Phil Mickelson watches the flight of his tee shot in the opening round. He shot even-par 70.
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U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick shot a 1-over 71 in his U.S. Open debut. He played alongside Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose. "They were both positive with me and about me," he said. "If I hit a good shot, I heard them say, 'Good shot.' And it was nice to have that support from two fantastic players."
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Matt Kuchar made three birdies en route to his 1-under 69 in the first round.
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Jordan Spieth hits from a greenside bunker during his opening-round 69. "The trickiest thing is to figure out where that spot is you can miss to certain pins," Spieth said. "I feel like I could improve on the way I struck the ball and putting. But scoring-wise I'd take it again."
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Jordan Spieth punches from the pine straw back to the fairway in his opening round. "It's not fun to play out of the weeds," he said. "But got it around."
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Rory McIlroy hits his second shot on the par-5 5th hole. "It's inevitable that you're going to make some bogeys and make some mistakes out here. You have to limit those as much as you can," he said.
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Brandt Snedeker acknowledges the crowd after putting out during his first round. He shot a 1-under 69 and was the early clubhouse leader.
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Rickie Fowler paid tribute to the late Payne Stewart with his plus fours in the first round. Fowler shot an even-par 70. "He was definitely someone I looked up to and one of my favorite players," Fowler said. "I never had a chance of meeting him, but obviously loved watching him play and loved how he handled himself on and off the golf course."
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Fowler said in his post-round press conference he clearly remembers the day Payne Stewart died. "I was just getting off school," he said. "I was on College Road sitting in the back seat with my mom and sister in the car. I started crying in the car. I wasn't -- I was still in middle school. But, yeah, he was someone that I looked up to. I think it was tragic to the whole golf world."
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Henrik Stenson, the world's second-ranked player, began his 2014 U.S. Open with a 1-under 69.
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Kevin Na eagled the par-5 5th hole on the way to a first-round 68.
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Phil Mickelson blasts from a waste area on the 12th hole.
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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell shake hands after completing their opening round. McIlroy shot a 1-over 71. "I played beautifully from tee-to-green and am really happy with that," McIlroy said. "I'm just going to work a little bit on my speed on the greens and if I can get that dialed in then I'm pretty confident going into the next three days."
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Phil Mickelson uses the claw grip to putt on the 10th hole. "That's not a long-term thing," Phil said of the grip. "I like putting conventional. It might be weeks, it might be months, it might be days, hours, I don't know. It's just one of those things."
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Jimmy Walker hits his drive from the 12th tee during the first round.
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Justin Rose hits a tee shot during his opening round. The defending champion finished with a 2-over 72.
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Defending champion Justin Rose escapes from a greenside bunker during his practice round.
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Rory McIlroy works on his putting with Dave Stockton during a practice session on the Pinehurst putting green.
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Justin Rose hits a shot as instructor Sean Foley watches his form during a practice round.
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Rory McIlroy hits a shot from a bunker during a practice round. A rules official will accompany each group once play begins and can issue rulings on whether a player's ball is in a bunker or a waste area.
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Butch Harmon and Jim "Bones" Mackay watch Phil Mickelson hit an approach during a pre-tournament practice round.
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Phil Mickelson blasts out of a fairway bunker during his practice session.
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Jordan Spieth hits from the waste area to the 10th hole during his practice round.
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(From left) Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler walk together during their practice round.
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Jordan Spieth talks with Phil Mickelson on the 15th green during their practice round.
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Dustin Johnson makes his way from the practice range back to the clubhouse.
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Dustin Johnson lays into a drive during his practice round.
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Press photographers get a low angle shot of Adam Scott on the third hole of his practice round.
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Adam Scott signs autographs after completing his practice round.
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Rory McIlroy smiles as he works on the practice range at Pinehurst No. 2.
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Phil Mickelson works on his short game during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 U.S. Open. Phil said he will use the claw grip on short putts this week.