Saturday, June 14

All Eyes on Martin Kaymer

Martin Kaymer is on a record-setting pace at the U.S. Open. (©USGA/Fred Vuich)
WITH A RECORD-BREAKING START to the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, Martin Kaymer has a six-shot lead on Brendon Todd, his playing partner for today's third round. The last twosome tees off at 3:25 p.m.

Kaymer was near flawless with a pair of 65s in the first two rounds. Following are some USGA notes about Kaymer's performance thus far:
  • Kaymer's 36-hole total of 130 is the lowest score for the first 36 holes in a U.S. Open. The previous record was held by Rory McIlroy, who shot 131 in 2011 at Congressional. 
  • His six-stroke lead tied the largest 36-hole lead in U.S. Open history. Tiger Woods (2000, Pebble Beach) and Rory McIlroy (2011, Congressional) also had six-stroke leads.
  • Kaymer is the first player to open a major championship with consecutive rounds of 65 or better.
  • He ranks in the top five in all three major statistical categories: Fairways Hit (T-2, 25/28), Greens in Regulation (T-5, 26/36), and Total Putts (T-4, 54).
  • Kaymer has held a 36-hole lead on seven occasions. He has gone on to win four times, including the 2014 Players Championship.
The question is, how will Kaymer play this weekend with a prime opportunity to become a U.S. Open champion?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kaymer's play earlier in the week certainly paid dividends this weekend. What's your opinion about a major being so one sided. Is this good for golf?