Kaymer leads Open by six shots in record style

Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:23pm 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 in record style to stretch his U.S. Open lead to a commanding six shots after Friday's second round.

The 29-year-old German, three ah7ead 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 on the way to a runaway victory in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional.

"I don't know what to say," the unflappable but ever-modest Kaymer told reporters after hitting 12 of 14 fairways and reaching 15 of 18 greens in regulation on a challenging par-70 layout. "It's just very, very solid.

"It gets boring, the words that I use, but I mean, there's not much to say. It's just good right now, the way I play golf. 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."

Kaymer's six-stroke advantage matched the largest U.S. Open lead after 36 holes, emulating Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach in 2000 and McIlroy in 2011.

When Kaymer concluded his round after teeing off on a sunny but relatively calm morning at Pinehurst, he was eight shots in front of his closest pursuers but, by the time play ended for the day, American Brendon Todd had trimmed that by two.   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