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Martin Kaymer dazzles at US Open

Kaymer In The Lead At U.S. Open


BY PAUL NEWBERRY

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) -- Martin Kaymer is turning the U.S. Open into a rout, and it's not even the weekend.

On a warm, sunny morning at Pinehurst No. 2, Kaymer piled up five more birdies during the second round Friday, taking his score to 10 under for the tournament. He went to his 15th hole of the day a staggering eight shots ahead and challenging the record for the lowest 36-hole score in a major.

Kaymer opened the tournament with a 5-under 65, the lowest score in three U.S. Opens at this historic course in the North Carolina sand hills.

The 29-year-old German had 11 birdies and just one bogey through his first 32 holes.

Dustin Johnson and Brendon de Jonge were on the course with 2-under scores. Graeme McDowell and Kevin Na, who had 2-under 68s in the opening round, were scheduled to tee off in the afternoon. So is Phil Mickelson, a runner-up at the U.S. Open a record six times but never a winner. Lefty opened with a 70 in his pursuit of the title he needs for a career Grand Slam.

The course was saturated with overnight storms, making the perilous greens very inviting for those fortunate to have an early tee time. That included Kaymer, who is riding the confidence from his victory at The Players Championship last month.

But Kaymer dazzled even before the rains came. He seized the lead with three birdies on the final five holes Thursday.

"It's a good round of golf. I wasn't expecting it. I'm not freaking out about it," he said. "A good start, but that's it. There's nothing more than that. If other people want to make more out of it, it's fine. For me, it's just a great start into one of the most important weeks of the year."

Kaymer joined the exclusive major club with his victory at the 2010 PGA Championship, but a swing change shortly after the biggest win of his career took longer to take hold than expected. He went through a winless drought that would eventually stretch to 29 tournaments over 18 months.

Then came Kaymer's performance at TPC Sawgrass, where he tied the course record with an opening 63 and held off one of the strongest fields of the year to capture a title that brings nearly as much prestige as a major championship.

"I needed a win," Kaymer said. "Whether it was The Players or a regular PGA Tour event, I just needed it for my confidence, for all the hard work I've put in the last couple of years."

Pinehurst has been playing easier than expected. Fifteen golfers shot in the 60s during the opening round - the most since there were 24 at Olympia Fields in 2003.

Look for the course setup to get much tougher heading into the weekend, though the heavy rains made it difficult to put some bite in Pinehurst.

"There's a long way to go," Na said. "At the end of the tournament, even par is going to win this championship."

Not the way Kaymer is playing.

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XTennis77 June 13 2014 at 8:03 PM

He was all lathered up!!! Is this guy on something? It wasnt hot out there!! Very fishy. The guy has been **** except for two tournaments. Check the blood and urine samples!!!

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business June 14 2014 at 7:53 AM

Play on your man - it is more than time to take out the tiger trash!!!

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ectullis June 13 2014 at 6:05 PM

What, no mention of Woods?

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ranchouse June 13 2014 at 7:15 PM

Yes. No mention of Woods. Isn't that pleasant?

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cwo4gec ranchouse June 13 2014 at 8:55 PM

I'm only interested in watching the tournaments when Tiger is playing. I wish his back would get well and he'd be back winning.

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Jensen Group 2 June 13 2014 at 8:10 PM

Woods isn't playing. Still injured.

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chuichenterprise June 13 2014 at 8:29 PM

well what did he shoot?

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eeodjo June 13 2014 at 9:11 PM

Golf is a game where it really boggles anybody's mind. Martin Kaymer definitely set his mind in just winning a golf contest. It doesn't make any difference whether it is the US Open, or the PGA championship, or whatever. His brain contains one goal, just WIN the tournament. That goal erases all doubts, golf swing mechanics, golf swing thoughts, club head speeds and lack of confidence, which really does boggles any golfer's mind. So in essence, Kaymer has a clear mind in winning, keep the ball straight and land it close to the pin where he can have birdie opportunities. So who said this golf game is tough? Good Luck, Martin Kaymer and may the golf god be with you.

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new44moon June 14 2014 at 1:46 AM

why only 11 comments on this article?

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Stover Family new44moon June 14 2014 at 7:55 AM

cause tiger isn't there people have gone back to regular golf.

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loser1leo June 14 2014 at 9:25 AM

As a golfer pressure building for him. I wish him well . Miss tiger, let us all take heed he is the second best that ever lived, i as a player Tiger brings something to the table something no other golfer has got. Good luck Kaymer, see you Sunday on the 18th.

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