De Jonge falters at Pinehurst

HARARE - Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge finished tied for 28 with a score of seven-over 287 at the US Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina on Sunday after a poor third and final round.

The 33-year-old from Harare has a reputation for poor play on the weekend, so it was a developing story when he charged up the leaderboard with four birdies and two bogeys over his first 11 holes.

After just 36 holes, de Jonge was in the top 10 on the leaderboard eight strokes behind runaway leader Martin Kaymer.

However, de Jonge reverted to his old self we have grown accustomed to seeing over the years, in the final two rounds.

In the third round, the Zimbabwean squared three bogeys and a double bogey over his final seven holes as he dropped on the leaderboard signing off a card of one-over 73.

It got worse for de Jonge with a four-over 76 in the final round.

In the end, Kaymer coasted to his second major victory by eight shots ahead of Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler of the United States.

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

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

“To win one major is already very nice in your career, but to win two, it means a lot more," Kaymer, who took a stranglehold on the championship by firing successive 65s in the first two rounds to lead by six shots, told reporters.

"Even though I don't feel like I need to prove anything to a lot of people, somehow it's quite satisfying to have two under your belt. I played really, really well on Thursday and Friday and that gave me a really nice cushion.”

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