Martin Kaymer came through his “toughest day” of golf to become the first German to win the US Open.
The 29-year-old beat Americans Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton to win by eight shots at Pinehurst on Sunday.
Kaymer, whose first major win came at the 2010 PGA Championship, posted a nine-under total of 271, the second lowest ever at the event.
“I would say it was probably the toughest day that I have played golf,” said the Dusseldorf-born player.
“We have reflected on history and can only think of Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach in 2000 as a more dominant performance. This was a performance for the ages.”
Kaymer, who received a standing ovation as he walked along the 18th fairway on the final day, added: “To win one major is already very nice in your career, but to win two, it means a lot more.
Kaymer built the joint-biggest halfway lead at a US Open by shooting back-to-back scores of 65 on the par 70 course which averaged more than 73 strokes during four days.
Consistently good putting helped ensure his lead was not cut below four strokes once in the final 46 holes and secured another prized victory after he won the prestigious Players Championship in May.