Martin Kaymer shreds Pinehurst No. 2 again, sets 36-hole U.S. Open scoring record
After a blistering 5-under 65 in his opening round of the U.S. Open on Thursday, Martin Kaymer told reporters that given the conditions of a typical U.S. Open, no one should expect him to duplicate his historic performance in his second round on Friday.
“5 under par is exceptional,” said Kaymer following Thursday’s incredible round of bogey-free golf. “No one should expect me to shoot another 5 under par the next three rounds. I don’t.”
But Kaymer somehow managed to inexplicably contradict himself, as the 28-year-old German fired another 5-under 65, putting miles between himself and a suddenly disappearing pack of golfers within some remote semblance of striking distance.
Kaymer’s consecutive 65s, giving him a jaw-dropping 130 through two rounds, set a U.S. Open 36-hole scoring record, besting Rory Mcilroy’s sizzling 131 when he blistered the field at Congressional in 2011, when he went on to win by eight strokes.
He became only the sixth golfer in 114 years of the U.S. Open to get to double digits under par during the tournament.
“Very solid again,” Kaymer told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, via Eye on Golf. “I didn’t make a bogey, which is nice. I kept it very well together.”
Talk about the understatement of the century. Make that a century plus 14 more years, because if Kaymer can keep it up, he won’t only break a lot of U.S. Open records, he’ll obliterate them. Not bad for a guy admitted heading into the tournament earlier this week that he didn’t expect too much of himself.
“I was asked before what score I would take at the end of the week and I said eight over,” Kaymer said after Thursday’s round. “So hopefully that’s not going to happen now.”
While an 8-over tournament for Kaymer almost certainly won’t happen — practically a stone cold lock — he understands there’s a lot of golf left to play over the weekend.
“It’s not a done deal,” he told Rinaldi. “You don’t want to approach Saturday and Sunday in a relaxed way. There’s never really a time where you can take it easy. You have to set your own goals and keep playing well.”