• US Open, Second Round

Record-breaking Kaymer showing no signs of stopping

ESPN staff
June 13, 2014
Martin Kaymer refused to buckle under pressure even when finding trouble © Getty Images

Overnight leader Martin Kaymer enjoyed another commanding afternoon at Pinehurst No.2 to extend his lead to six shots at the US Open.

Kaymer held a three-shot lead after Thursday's opening round and continued to dominate proceedings in North Carolina with a second visit of 65 for the week.

That score sees Kaymer become the first player in major championship history to shoot two opening rounds of 65 or better. His effort eclipsed Rory McIlroy's half-way total in 2011 and has broken the US Open record for lowest score made before the start of the third round.

He leads Brendon Todd, who finished with the afternoon starters, by four shots while McIlroy has moved into the top 10 and is 1-under-par.

Starting at the 10th, Kaymer made three birdies in his opening nine holes to extend his advantage. After finding the bunker at 15 with arguably his first poor shot of the tournament, he superbly got up-and-down in two to make par.

Wrong balls, please!

  • Jamie Donaldson and Hunter Mahan were left slightly annoyed at one another after they hit each other's ball in a rookie mistake during their second round at Pinehurst.
  • Facing the 18th green, which marked their ninth hole of the day, they both hit the wrong ball in their approach shots, which cost each of them a two-stroke penalty.
  • As a result, Mahan carded a double bogey which sees him agonisingly miss the cut by two shots, while the mistake saw Donaldson collapse to finish 11-over-par and with no hope of returning at the weekend.

Kaymer won the Players Championship just one month ago and showed no signs of buckling under pressure, hitting 19 of 22 fairways in his opening 27 holes.

With a host of players seemingly stuck at two-under, Kaymer produced faultless golf as breezy conditions set in, a weather shift that the afternoon starters could have done without.

Further birdies came at the third and fifth during Kaymer's back nine and he kept calm to make three more pars to finish without fault.

"I'm very happy, very happy with how I played today," Kaymer told Sky Sports. "The greens are very pure and I think yesterday on one, two and three they had some sneaky placements and I learned from those.

"I feel very comfortable with all the shots. Whichever way I need to shape them, I can do it. The confidence gets higher and higher the more you play the shots you want to. So far, it's been fine, yeah.

"To win the Players Championship, I was leading by a few shots and then I played with Jordan Spieth. Sometimes when you're playing in a different country there isn't so much support as if I was in Germany. To experience that is good for this weekend."

Brendon de Jonge added to his opening 70 with a two-under 68 to move within eight shots as he stepped back into the clubhouse.

"As soon as I got here on Monday, I liked the set-up on this golf course. I drive the ball very well around here, which is perfect for getting into these greens," Jonge said.

"Obviously Martin [Kaymer] is way ahead and we're all going to be playing catch-up this weekend. He's definitely not playing the same golf course as everyone else is! I feel like we're going to play a very difficult golf course this weekend."

Several major players have missed the cut, including former world No.1 Luke Donald and Masters champion Bubba Watson.

Donald's disastrous 77 on Thursday has seemingly done the damage and his one-under round of 69 on Friday means he will not be present at the weekend. Watson, meanwhile, also lies well down the leaderboard at six-over despite making a par 70 and will not return on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Dustin Johnson joined De Jonge at two-under-par with his second score of 69 this week while world No.1 Adam Scott recovered from a first round of 73 with a three-under 67 to get him back to level par.

After a solid opening day, Paul Casey undid all his hard work with a five-over 75 which included seven bogeys and two birdies.

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