Skip to main content
Part of complete coverage on

Family affair for Kaymer with Father's Day victory

June 16, 2014 -- Updated 1149 GMT (1949 HKT)
Martin Kaymer celebrates after securing the U.S. Open crown at Pinehurst by an incredible eight shots, becoming the first German to win the tournament in the process.
Martin Kaymer celebrates after securing the U.S. Open crown at Pinehurst by an incredible eight shots, becoming the first German to win the tournament in the process.
Kaymer seals U.S. Open triumph
Kaymer seals U.S. Open triumph
Kaymer seals U.S. Open triumph
Kaymer seals U.S. Open triumph
Kaymer seals U.S. Open triumph
Kaymer seals U.S. Open triumph
  • U.S. Open winner pays tribute to dad, Horst, after Father's Day victory at Pinehurst
  • German won Players' Championship a month earlier on Mother's Day
  • His mother, Rina, died of complications following skin cancer back in 2008
  • Heart transplant survivor Erik Compton finishes second at the U.S. Open

Follow us at @WorldSportCNN and like us on Facebook

(CNN) -- A month ago, Martin Kaymer paid an emotional tribute to his deceased Mum after winning the Players' Championship on Mother's Day.

On Sunday, the German was victorious again, this time at the U.S. Open and this time on Father's Day, a fitting tribute to his Dad Horst, a retired corporate executive.

"It was nice to win on Mother's Day and our Father's Day [in Germany] was a couple of weeks ago and I didn't get him anything," said Kaymer after a gargantuan eight-shot victory at Pinehurst on Sunday. "Maybe this works today."

The 29-year-old was in a class of his own during the four rounds, carding the lowest score over two rounds in the tournament's history and, from that point, was never really challenged by runners-up Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler.

Read: Martin Kaymer wins U.S. Open

Kaymer plays with a single sunflower on his bag, the favourite flower of his mother Rina, who died of complications from skin cancer in 2008.

Following his Players' Championship victory, Kaymer said holding back the tears: "My mother was always there to be affectionate and show us love. When my Mom passed away, that stopped. Mother's Day is always a nice day."

A history of golf at Pinehurst
Martin Kaymer's sand shot master class
Jordan Spieth's life changing shot

After his Pinehurst win, the German admitted he still thinks of his mother every day but it was a victory dedicated to his father, who once flew over from Germany to his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a mere 24 hours just to celebrate his son overtaking Lee Westwood as world No.1 in the spring of 2011.

"He says 'next time in Germany, who knows if you'll still No.1 so I just wanted to take the opportunity to say congratulations'," recalled Kaymer of his father's gesture.

"And the next day he flew out to Germany. Not a lot of parents do that, and it was nice. It was a 30-hour trip for pretty much 24 hours there."

A U.S. PGA winner in 2010, Kaymer tried to remodel his game to make it perfect, often leaving the driving range with bleeding hands, with his world ranking plummeting as the changes took time to work.

Bar the Ryder Cup-winning putt in 2012, there were few highlights to speak of, with Kaymer not winning an individual event for two-and-a-half years by the time he was victorious at the Players before becoming the first player from Europe to win the US Open.

"The way I play golf right now, I shouldn't think too much about technique," added Kaymer, reflecting on his restructured game. "I'm very happy with the way I hit the ball."

While Kaymer's recent victories produced a nice family tale, Compton's position as runner-up was even more remarkable given he had twice undergone heart transplants , once in 1992 and again in 2008.

Read: New heart, new hope for Compton

"When you have disabilities or you have health issues, some days are really bad and then you've got to try to make the best of it the next day and wake up and move your body," said Compton, who pocketed $790,000 after his share of second place.

"And I'm the perfect example of that. I've been on my back twice and I never thought I would ever leave the house.

"Now I just finished second at the U.S. Open which I don't think anybody would have ever thought I'd do that. You just can't give up."

Compton was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy at the age of nine but suffered a heart attack in 2007 with the new heart he was given aged 12 by a 15-year-old donor who had been killed by a drunk driver.

Compton drove himself to the hospital in Miami, calling his mother Eli to tell her he didn't think he would survive.

Seven months later, he underwent another transplant, this time from a 26-year-old killed on his motorbike by a hit-and-run driver.

As a result, the pressure of the business end of a major tournament is relative child's play for Compton.

"I have been through a lot in my life," he said, "and a lot more adrenaline pressure situations than hitting a tee shot on 18."

Part of complete coverage on
December 18, 2014 -- Updated 1547 GMT (2347 HKT)
If golf has a reputation for being a bit stuffy, then the Bryan brothers and their trick shots are a much-needed blast of fresh air.
December 11, 2014 -- Updated 1318 GMT (2118 HKT)
Not many people make the leap from teenage market trader to golf pro and fashion entrepreneur, but that's just what Ian Poulter has done.
November 12, 2014 -- Updated 1129 GMT (1929 HKT)
"Sleep, as far as mental and physical recovery goes, has never been more important ..." says sport sleep coach Nick Littlehales.
November 4, 2014 -- Updated 1024 GMT (1824 HKT)
Joe Miller is devouring his second steak of the day and the clock has barely nudged 2pm. You need lots of fuel to smash a drive 474 yards.
October 13, 2014 -- Updated 1449 GMT (2249 HKT)
There have been many dark days for Oliver Wilson, but golf's unluckiest loser is finally riding an upward swing of his career roller coaster.
October 7, 2014 -- Updated 1648 GMT (0048 HKT)
They dress like it's the 1930s and they swing antique equipment that eschews cutting-edge technology -- this is hickory golf.
September 15, 2014 -- Updated 1609 GMT (0009 HKT)
CNN's Living Golf focuses on women's golf, charting the growth of the sport from royal pastime to multi-million dollar machine.
October 1, 2014 -- Updated 0846 GMT (1646 HKT)
"I don't know how to paint happy," says golf's poster girl Michelle Wie. "I think it releases a lot of the darker feelings in me."
September 29, 2014 -- Updated 1213 GMT (2013 HKT)
Phil Mickelson of the United States talks during a press conference after the United States were defeated by Europe after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.
If you're a U.S. golf fan, or Tom Watson, look away now.
September 25, 2014 -- Updated 2318 GMT (0718 HKT)
A ban on uploading social media pictures from the course at Gleneagles was dropped for the Ryder Cup.
September 24, 2014 -- Updated 1052 GMT (1852 HKT)
A spot of shopping, the odd spa day and some serious flag waving. Welcome to the life of a Ryder Cup WAG.
September 23, 2014 -- Updated 1301 GMT (2101 HKT)
Tom Watson has learned plenty in the 21 years since he was last U.S. Ryder Cup captain, but social media is proving to be problematic.
September 22, 2014 -- Updated 1243 GMT (2043 HKT)
Patriotism will reach fever pitch when the USA and Europe collide in golf's Ryder Cup ... and it looks like Rickie Fowler has let it go to his head.
September 22, 2014 -- Updated 1342 GMT (2142 HKT)
Pressure is inescapable in the cauldron of Ryder Cup competition -- pressure and ping pong.
September 23, 2014 -- Updated 1150 GMT (1950 HKT)
Millions of golf fans were watching on television with great anticipation. All Martin Kaymer could think about was getting his phone out.