Martin Kaymer once again stole the show at Pinehurst to increase his commanding lead of the 2014 U.S. Open.
The 29-year-old German vaulted to an early edge by earning a five-under on Thursday, but replicating that feat again was a tall task he managed to accomplish.
Despite a bounce-back performance from Adam Scott, Kaymer holds a swift and decisive lead over the field 36 holes into the U.S. Open. He now stands a sensational 10 strokes under par heading into the weekend.
Here is an updated look at the leaderboard with Round 2 coming to an end:
Day 2 Results
Kaymer continues to dominate at Pinehurst, extending his monumental lead by scoring five under on Friday.
With five birdies during the second round, he picked up right where he left off on one of golf's most unforgiving courses. His impeccable play is all the more impressive considering the location. Per the PGA Tour's official Twitter account, the runaway leader joked about the winner not needing to even finish below par.
Martin Kaymer after opening 65: "Someone asked me at the beginning of the week what score I'd take. I said 8 over." pic.twitter.com/CNGFVYnpf5— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 12, 2014
As noted by The Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard, only three other golfers have held a lead of five or more strokes after two rounds at the U.S. Open. They all ended the tournament with a title to their credit.
Three players have led by 5+ shots after 36 @ US Open: Willie Anderson 1903, Tiger 2000 & McIlroy 2011. All 3 went on to win. #Kaymer— Rex Hoggard (@RexHoggardGC) June 13, 2014
A day after struggling with four bogeys, Scott rallied, instead offering four birdies to finish at three under. While he finished with one of Friday's finest displays, his improved score still stands at par, keeping him far behind Kaymer despite his proximity to everyone else.
Among those battling for second are Dustin Johnson, Kevin Na, Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson. Lefty notched two early birdies on Friday on the second and third holes to join the crowd of golfers sitting at two under.
It will now take two phenomenal days of golf for somebody to make the closing stretch interesting at Pinehurst. Considering nobody besides Kaymer has generated better than a three-under total on either of the opening two days, it's not likely that somebody will erase the wide deficit.
Instead, the juicier story will become Kaymer's quest for history. Tiger Woods obliterated everyone at Pebble Beach in 2000, winning the Open by 15 strokes at 12 under. Kaymer will need another huge day or two to match that margin of victory, but he can match Woods' score.
He's not a big-name superstar among the likes of Woods and Mickelson, but Kaymer's record-setting pace at Pinehurst deserves some recognition going into the weekend.