Martin Kaymer smiles walking from the 8th tee box during Friday's second round of the 2014 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pinehurst Resort Country Club No. 2 Course. (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)
Red-hot Kaymer takes 6-shot lead in U.S. Open
The weekend would begin with the leader at 4 under and with 25 within five shots of the lead.
That is not supposed to happen at a U.S. Open.
“The way I am playing golf right now, it’s just really satisfying,” Kaymer said. “It’s very solid, not many mistakes. Not that many wild tee shots or anything.”
Kaymer’s two-round score of 130 was one better than the previous record, set by Rory McIlroy at Congressional (outside Washington D.C.) in 2011.
This weekend has the look of a one-man show, similar to McIlroy’s eight-shot win in 2011 and Tiger Woods’ 15-shot victory at Pebble Beach in 2000.
“Obviously, the record book shows that it’s very rare that someone shoots 10-under par after two rounds,” he said. “It just happened in my case now.”
Perhaps more impressive than Kaymer getting to 10 under was staying there. He got up and down for par from the right-side bunker on the par-3 sixth (his 16th hole of the day), up and down from the front bunker on No. 7 and made an excellent two-putt for par from about 60 feet on the par-4 eighth hole.
“The last three, four holes I got tired,” Kaymer said.
And his wish for the weekend?
“I would like to see (the course) as tough as possible,” he said. “I was always a fan of a golf course where you need to hit good golf shots and not really have a putting competition.”