Martin Kaymer made most of the headlines Friday with a blistering five-under par 65 for the second straight round, but the cut line is always of interest at a major championship. Pinehurst No. 2 is usually less forgiving than it has been in the early going this year, so the cut line was a respectable five-over par.
Here is a look at the best scores that missed the cut after Round 2, and an entire list can be found at PGATour.com:
There are some marquee names that immediately jump out from that group, including Bubba Watson, Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Angel Cabrera and Lee Westwood. Perhaps no performance was more disappointing than Watson’s, who won the Masters earlier this season and appeared primed to compete at the U.S. Open.
In fact, Watson has been red-hot this season and won the Northern Trust Open, tied for second at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, tied for second at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and finished in third place in the recent Memorial Tournament, so this performance was surprising.
Westwood is also usually much more consistent on the course, but he never challenged during the U.S. Open.
One player who was never in danger of the cut was Kaymer, who absolutely dominated. His 130 after two rounds is an all-time tournament record, breaking Rory McIlroy’s 131 at Congressional in 2011, and he had nothing but good things to say afterward, via Bob Harig of ESPN.com:
I played very well, I've had some good rounds in the past as well. But yesterday and today, especially today, the way I worked my way around the course...I hit some smart shots. I didn't play too aggressive, and when I had a good number, I went for the flag and I didn't make many mistakes on the greens. I didn't 3-putt and made a lot of good putts.
Kaymer totaled five birdies without a bogey Friday, hit 12 of 14 fairways and missed just three greens. He also saved par every time he missed a green and is the clear favorite to take home the title at this point.
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