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Dan Hicks, Johnny Miller give emotional sign off after US Open (Video)

Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller gave an emotional sign off to close out NBC’s coverage of the US Open Sunday.

NBC loses the US Open to FOX Sports 1/FOX next year after a 20-year run. Though they still have the Ryder Cup, The Presidents Cup, The Players, and more, they’re out of the major business, which means viewers won’t hear Miller providing his critical commentary on the US Open anymore.

Hicks gave Miller some special recognition.

“I’ve had the best seat in the house with the best analysis that has ever done this game,” Hicks said of his partner.

FOX VP of Communications Dan Bell was among those praising the NBC crew.

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Sandra Gal pours water on Martin Kaymer to celebrate US Open win (GIF)

Sandra Gal brought an LPGA tradition with her when celebrating Martin Kaymer’s victory at the US Open Sunday.

Gal is at Pinehurst along with many other female golfers for the US Women’s Open coming up this week and has been supporting her countryman since arriving at the course. The 29-year-old was there at the 72nd hole when Kaymer made his par putt to finish -1 for the round and -9 overall to win the tournament.

Gal then sprayed water on Kaymer, which is what they usually do with LPGA winners. Kaymer didn’t seem as enthusiastic about it as Gal, but he also didn’t seem to mind too much.

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Kaymer’s dominance at the tournament really was incredible. The course was so tough that only three golfers finished under par, yet Kaymer shot 9 under to best the field by eight shots. That is pure dominance.

Martin Kaymer has sunflower on golf bag to honor late mother

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Martin Kaymer is having one heck of a season for his parents.

Kaymer won The Players Championship last month on Mother’s Day, and he’s set to win the US Open at Pinehurst on Father’s Day. The last golfer to accomplish the feat was Tom Kite in 1992.

Kaymer’s father is still alive, but his mother died of skin cancer six years ago. He still honors her with her favorite flower — the sunflower — stitched on his golf bag. That’s prime real estate for potential sponsors, but Kaymer uses it to commemorate his mother instead. Pretty sweet move by him.

Kenny Perry hits best shot of US Open (Video)

Kenny-Perry-eagleThe best shot of the 2014 US Open came from the oldest player in the field. Kenny Perry, a 53-year-old veteran who has 23 wins as a professional, holed out for eagle from over 200 yards out on the 14th hole on Saturday.

Perry’s tee shot ended up in the treacherous sand and weeds that now sit where the thick rough used to be at Pinehurst No. 2. He was lucky enough to get a decent lie and hit a perfect hybrid shot that bounced on the front of the green and rolled about 25 feet straight into the hole.

Perry isn’t in contention, but not many players are with the way Martin Kaymer has played through two rounds. Regardless, that shot was one of the highlights of the golf season.

Video via @cjzero

Kevin Kisner has dad caddie for him for Father’s Day

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Kevin Kisner knew he wasn’t going to make the cut at the US Open this weekend at Pinehurst, so he decided to honor his dad a few days before Father’s Day.

The South Carolina native called his father, Steven, out of the gallery a few holes before he completed his second round Friday and asked his old man to carry his bags for the last few holes.

Kisner shot a 5-over 75 on Thursday and a 7-over 77 in the second round to put him 12 over for the tournament. Though he didn’t come close to making the cut, at least he got to share something special with his dad.

According to Golfweek’s Alex Miceli, Kisner also gave his dad this customized bag as part of his Father’s Day gift:

Rick Reilly compares Martin Kaymer’s US Open dominance to Nazi Germany

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ESPN is likely thrilled that Rick Reilly recently retired after the tweet the former columnist sent on Friday afternoon. Martin Kaymer dominated the US Open field on Thursday and Friday and is currently the tournament leader at 10-under heading into the weekend. Kaymer is from Germany. You can take it from there, Rick.

For those of you who didn’t pay attention in history class, Reilly was making a Nazi Germany reference. The Germans, along with the Soviet Union, invaded Poland in 1939 and quickly took control of the nation. That basically sparked the beginning of World War II.

Surprisingly enough, Reilly did not delete the tweet — at least as of several hours after sending it. I guess that’s what retired life is all about?

Ken Duke saves par in amazing fashion at US Open (Video)

Ken-Duke-bushIf you have never heard of Ken Duke, you’re probably just a casual golf fan. The 45-year-old is going to miss the cut on Friday at the US Open, but he still managed to make his way onto the highlight reel with one of the best par saves you will ever see.

Duke caught an incredibly unlucky roll with his tee shot on the par-3 ninth hole, and his ball ended up tucked under a bush. The only real option he had was to use the toe of his putter to knock it into a bunker and try to get up and down for bogey. But instead, he decided to just hole out for par.

Like a true boss, Duke dunked his bunker shot. You may see some incredible shots at the US Open this weekend, but I doubt you’ll witness a better par save than that one.

Video via Guyism