Kaymer leads open by eight shots in record style

Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:24pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Martin Kaymer, playing flawless golf, took advantage of a rain-softened Pinehurst layout to stretch his U.S. Open lead to a commanding eight shots in record style early in Friday's second round.

The 29-year-old German, three ahead overnight after opening with a five-under-par 65 that he described as "exceptional", followed up with the same score to post a tournament low 10-under total of 130 in the second major of the season.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy had set the previous lowest score after 36 holes with an aggregate of 131 in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional.

"I played very well," a beaming Kaymer told reporters after hitting 12 of 14 fairways and reaching 15 of 18 greens in regulation on a challenging par-70 layout.

"I hit some smart shots, I didn't play too aggressive and when I had a good (yardage) number, I went for the flag.

"I didn't three-putt and I made a lot of good putts today and yesterday. You need a little bit of luck here and there, and that has been on my side so far."

Though more than half the field was yet to complete the second round on a sunny but relatively calm day at Pinehurst, Kaymer has already distanced himself in record fashion from his closest pursuers.

The largest U.S. Open lead after 36 holes is six shots, first achieved by Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach in 2000 before being matched by McIlroy in 2011.   Continued...

Martin Kaymer of Germany watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament in Pinehurst, North Carolina, June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar