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2014 U.S. Open Golf Championships (final round)

June 15, 2014

Golf fans! The Observer News Enterprise will keep you up-to-date at today's final round of the 114th U.S. Open Golf Championship at Pinehurst C.C. in Pinehurst, N.C.

After two rounds of 65 and a round of 72, Martin Kaymer (-8) leads the tournament for the third-straight day. He is ahead by five shots over Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, who are both 3-under-par.

A total of six players are under par heading into Sunday, including Henrik Stenson (-2), Dustin Johnson (-2) and Brandt Snedeker (-1).

This blog will be updated throughout the day as the tournament continues.

The final pairing, which includes Kaymer and Fowler, tees off at 3:35 p.m.

12:25 p.m. - Phil Mickelson on the practice putting green right now, working on a few short putts — his weakness so far this tournament (and season).

12:41 p.m. - The toughest hole at this U.S. Open? The Par-4 second, which is averaging a score of 4.34 strokes.

12:55 p.m. - 38 golfers are now on the course at Pinehurst No. 2 for the final round of the 114th U.S. Open., including Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, Zach Johnson and Sergio Garcia.

1:45 p.m. - Adam Scott and Rory McIlrory tee off and are on the golf course.

2:05 p.m. - Several golfers finished for the day, including Boo Weekly (+19), Kevin Stadler (+18), Kevin Tway (+17), Russell Henley (+17) and Toru Taniguchi (+29)

2:09 p.m. - Amateur Daniel Berger, of Florida State, fires a round of 66 today. That's the best score of the weekend so far and second-best overall behind leader Kaymer's pair of 65s.

2:15 p.m. - Phil Mickelson with a birdie on No. 7, moving to 2-under-par on the day. He's 3-over for the tournament.

2:39 p.m. - Mickelson with a chip out of the bunker at No. 9. He catches the slope and it rolls back down the hill. Thankfully, not back in the trap.

2:43 p.m. - Jordan Spieth tees off for his final round at the U.S. Open. He's currently 1-over-par, nine shots off Martin Kaymer's lead.

2:55 p.m. - Kenny Perry with an amazing shot on No. 6. Meanwhile, Mickelson drops a stroke.

3:33 p.m. - Zach Johnson with an incredible hole-in-one on No. 9. He high-fives fans on both sides of the hole on his way to collecting the ball that pocketed the hole.

3:35 p.m - It's show time. Kaymer and Fowler both off the tee as the final group is on the course. Kaymer nearly with a birdie, but gets his par. Fowler follows suit to remain at 3-under. Lead is still five strokes for Kaymer.

4:01 p.m. - Kaymer and Fowler both with pars. Lead remains five for Kaymer. No real movement in the top five so far.

4:15 p.m. - Henrik Stenson with a birdie to join Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton at 3-under-par in a tie for second place.

4:20 p.m. - Martin Kaymer extends his lead with a birdie on No. 3. He's now ahead by six shots.

4:30 p.m. - Phil Mickelson now 2-over for the day and 7-over for the tournament. He's got one hole to go. He's tied for 31st.

4:36 p.m. - Rickie Fowler drops two strokes on No. 4 — falling back to 1-under-par in fifth.

4:38 p.m. - Erik Compton with a birdie at No. 5 to pull into lone possession of second place at 4-under — five shots off Kaymer's lead.

5:13 p.m. - Phil Mickelson finishes with a 7-over-par in the U.S. Open. "You've got to put it all together to win a major championship ... I wasn't firing this week," he said.

5:53 p.m. - It's a two-man dance so far with Martin Kaymer at 9-under and Erik Compton at 4-under.

5:57 p.m. - Kaymer and Compton both dropped a shot. Kaymer at 8-under now and Compton at 3-under. Lead is still five for Kaymer.

6:10 p.m. - Compton drops another shot. He's now tied with Dustin Johnson for second at 2-under. This is Kaymer's trophy to lose. He's name is halfway engraved on there.

6:26 p.m. - Dustin Johnson with a shot through the trees on No. 14 that lands to within 12-feet of the hole.

6:29 p.m. - Henrik Stenson missing his par put on No. 13. His putter goes flying after tapping in for bogey. Stenson now 1-over for the tournament in a tie for fifth.

6:38 p.m. - With two-straight birdies, Rickie Fowler is now tied three ways for second with Erik Compton and Dustin Johnson at 2-under. Meanwhile, Martin Kaymer birdies another hole at No. 13 to go to 9-under.

6:43 p.m. - Leader update: Kaymer and Fowler are on No. 14, Compton is on No. 15 and Johnson is on No. 16. Tournament slowly winding down.

6:45 p.m. - Johnson with a bogey at 15 to fall to fourth at 1-under. Compton and Fowler tied for second at 2-under.

6:48 p.m. - Fowler really starting to heat up. He nearly holes a chip shot from the rough on No. 14. Gets the ball within about a foot and a half.

6:50 p.m. - Kaymer with another birdie on No. 14. He's up to 10-under-par — tied for his largest score of the tournament. Martin closing in on Major No. 2.

7:00 p.m. - Martin Kaymer moves a step closer to his second career major with a par on No. 15. He's at 10-under in the lead, followed by Rickie Fowler (2-under), Erik Compton (1-under) and Dustin Johnson (even-par).

7:15 p.m. - Four golfers left on the course — Martin Kaymer, Rickie Fowler, Erik Compton and Henrik Stenson.

7:28 p.m. - What an incredible story for Erik Compton — from heart surgery to second place at the U.S. Open. He finishes 1-under par after parring the final hole of the tournament.

7:35 p.m. - Rickie Fowler pars No. 18, sharing second with Erik Compton. Kaymer receiving a huge ovation from the crowd.

7:38 p.m. - Martin Kaymer nails a 12-footer for par to win the 2013 U.S. Open. He is the first player from Continental Europe to win the Championship.

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